MSP launches tool for reporting short-term lets

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has launched an online tool which allows people to report and track short-term let properties operating in their community.

Published 24 January 2020

Lack of energy efficiency guidance ‘putting homes at risk’

A lack of guidance and leadership from the Scottish Government on the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of homes is putting unnecessary pressure on Scotland’s vital private rental sector, according to Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).

Published 23 January 2020

Home Group launches housing fund to 'ramp up delivery of affordable homes'

Housing association Home Group has teamed up with a global asset institution to launch a new housing fund which aims to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes for rent across the UK. 

Published 21 January 2020

Sigma Capital expands Edinburgh team to support PRS offering

Edinburgh-based PRS property investor Sigma Capital has expanded its Edinburgh team with four new starters across its development, finance and administration teams.

Published 17 January 2020

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland makes first unlawful eviction decision

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber has awarded £18,000 in damages to a tenant who was unlawfully evicted from their Glasgow flat in 2015, the first decision of its kind to come out of the FtT.

Published 15 January 2020

Mike Dailly calls for government to prioritise PRS regulation amid £18,000 damages victory

The Scottish Government must prioritise regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) to prevent further human misery, according to Mike Dailly.

Published 15 January 2020

Developer brings forward detailed application for Rubislaw Quarry PRS flats project

Canadian real estate firm Carttera has this week lodged full plans for its revised housing development at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry.

Published 15 January 2020

Scots landlords face ten months without rental income under new system

Scottish landlords are now facing a ten-month legal delay to evict tenants who refuse to pay rent, new research has revealed.

Published 14 January 2020

Licensing expert warns of 'flood' of short-term let licences

An expert commentator on civic licensing has warned of a “flood” of licence applications for short-term lets in Scotland that could reach tens of thousands.

Published 13 January 2020

Temporary accommodation standards survey responses published

The Scottish Government should create standards for temporary accommodation based on advisory standards published by CIH Scotland and Shelter Scotland, a national survey has found.

Published 10 January 2020

Green MSP raises £10,000 for eviction legal challenge

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has successfully raised £10,000 to defend a constituent who is being evicted from the home he has lived in for 27 years.

Published 10 January 2020

Councils empowered to introduce short-term lets control areas

Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities, under measures to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 January 2020

Majority of Scottish landlords comply with tenancy deposit laws

The majority of Scottish landlords (99.9%) comply with tenancy deposit laws, however, at least 290 landlords failed to protect tenancy deposits since 1 December 2017, according to new research by SafeDespotits Scotland.

Published 9 January 2020

Shetland landlords reminded of rental obligations

Shetland Islands Council has urged local landlords to make sure they meet their obligations to tenants in their properties following recent changes to the Scottish landlord registration scheme.

Published 9 January 2020

Mike Dailly: We need spirit of Mary Barbour to reform rents

People living in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) need greater protection, argues Mike Dailly.

Published 6 January 2020