Airbnb boom ‘heaping pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock’

More than 30 landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Scotland’s capital which is adding to the pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock, new research has found.

Published 4 January 2018

Blog: A new era of private renting in Scotland: introducing the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

Real estate expert Heather Pearson says reform in Scotland’s private rented sector will make renting a viable long-term housing option. 

Published 18 December 2017

New dawn for Scotland’s private renters as new Private Residential Tenancy comes into force

Sweeping new private renting laws that will significantly affect the rights of Scotland’s 760,000 private renters come into force today.

Published 1 December 2017

Blog: A new PRS in time for Christmas

To mark today’s introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy, Ashley Campbell outlines the ramifications of the new regime.

Published 1 December 2017

GVA and PRSim to advise on new rental income guarantee scheme

A strategic partnership has been appointed by Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) to advise on the Scottish Government’s landmark policy for supporting the emerging professionally managed Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector.

Published 27 November 2017

Blog: We're changing private renting for the better

With just over a week before the introduction of a new private residential tenancy in Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart explains why the changes will benefit renters.

Published 23 November 2017

Safer renting for private tenants but electrical charity says inequalities still exist

An electrical safety charity has welcomed moves to introduce five yearly safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS) but has called for them to be extended to all social housing properties.

Published 20 November 2017

Blog: What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

Shelter Scotland’s Rosemary Brotchie responds to new statistics which revealed a rise in private sector rents across the country.

Published 17 November 2017

Aberdeen landlords invited to event on new PRS tenancy agreements

Landlords in Aberdeen and the surrounding area are being invited to attend an information event highlighting changes to Private Rented Sector (PRS) tenancy agreements.

Published 16 November 2017

Rising rents leads to calls to unfreeze LHA and strengthen rent controls

Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.

Published 15 November 2017

New easy-to-use website allows landlords to draft Scottish tenancy agreements

Scotland’s largest landlord membership organisation has welcomed the launch of a new Scottish Government website allowing landlords to easily create tenancy agreements which comply with new legislation.

Published 14 November 2017

Average two-bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

The average rent levels of a two-bedroom private property in Scotland has increased by 4.4% over the last 12 months, the highest annual increase since 2010.

Published 14 November 2017

Green light for almost 1,200 flats at former Glasgow department store site

Plans to build almost 1,200 private flats and student rooms on land that once housed a Glasgow department store have been approved by councillors.

Published 13 November 2017

Residential Landlords Association welcomes new director

The organisation that represents 50,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales has appointed a new director.

Published 10 November 2017

Scottish Greens launch Homes First campaign to control unregulated growth of short-term lets

A new campaign has been launched to control the “rapid and unregulated growth” of short-term lets which sees owners of residential properties offer them as holiday accommodation.

Published 7 November 2017