Blog: Tribunal wins for private tenants show powers of new rules

Several recent judgements by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) show that tenants now have an effective way of making sure that their landlord or letting agent meet the minimum standards for the condition of their homes, writes James Mullaney.

Published 10 January 2019

New property management portal aims to revolutionise lettings industry

A new property management portal is to be launched which aims to revolutionise the lettings industry by establishing new standards of transparency, fairness, and convenience for the benefit of both landlords and tenants.

Published 7 January 2019

Number of Scots still renting their home when retired has doubled

The number of people still privately renting their home after they have retired has doubled in the last decade, according to new figures.

Published 4 January 2019

Spiralling private rents ‘don’t tell the full story’, warns Govan Law Centre

As rents in Scotland’s private rented sector spiral at double the rate of inflation, Govan Law Centre (GLC) has warned that the story beneath the increase is “stark and deeply worrying” and will lead to more homelessness and poverty.

Published 3 January 2019

Landlords body concerned tax changes will stifle investment

Scotland’s largest membership body for private landlords has expressed concern that tax changes announced by the Scottish Government will reduce investment and exacerbate the country’s housing crisis.

Published 18 December 2018

Judging by the Scottish case, a specialist Housing Court in England will see a wave of deposit protection cases

The number of tenancy deposit cases now being heard by the Scottish First-tier Tribunal could mean that a similar specialist court in England would have to deal with up to 1,200 deposit protection cases each year, according to the chair of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

Published 17 December 2018

Increase in Additional Dwelling Supplement ‘unlikely to benefit first time buyers’

A 1% rise in the tax paid by those purchasing an additional home in Scotland is unlikely to free up more properties for first time buyers, according to ESPC Lettings head, Nicky Lloyd.

Published 17 December 2018

Tenants’ union demands end to winter evictions

A union for tenants in Scotland will hold a national day of action on Saturday demanding the Scottish Government implements a ban on evictions during the winter months.

Published 14 December 2018

Blog: Short term lets: The impact on Scotland’s housing system

The concentration of Airbnb lets in Edinburgh is higher than that of New York, Berlin, Barcelona and even London. Izzy Gaughan asks what this means for Scotland's housing crisis?

Published 12 December 2018

Letting agent forms compliance partnership with Edinburgh software company

Edinburgh letting agent Umega Lettings is working with Leith-based start-up Amiqus Resolution to streamline and automate its client and staff compliance processes.

Published 12 December 2018

Glasgow City Council knew about Serco refugee eviction plans ‘for months’

Plans by private housing provider Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow were known by senior managers at Glasgow City Council for months, according to reports.

Published 4 December 2018

Blog: Private Residential Tenancies – one year on, how has the new law changed renting in Scotland?

One year after private renters were given new rights, James Mullaney looks at what has improved and what still needs to be done.

Published 4 December 2018

Housing minister accepts amendment to limit stays in unsuitable temporary accommodation

The Scottish Government has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people in the next programme for government.

Published 30 November 2018

Edinburgh short term lets appeals dismissed

Three appeals challenging a City of Edinburgh Council policy to take enforcement action when properties are being misused as short term lets have been dismissed by the Scottish Government.

Published 30 November 2018

Average rents increase in all but four areas across Scotland

The average rent for a two bedroom property rose in the past year in all but four areas across Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

Published 28 November 2018