Scottish Association of Landlords



Scottish Budget: £90m increase to affordable housing fund and tax on second homes

The Scottish Government has announced a year-year increase of £90 million to its affordable housing budget to help it achieve its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes during the next parliament.

Published 17 December 2015

Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties

Landlords are being urged to make use of a new procedure which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential work, helping to maintain the standards of stock in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland.

Published 1 December 2015

Landlords warn new legislation could ‘drastically limit’ ability to tackle ASB

New legislation designed to modernise the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland could make it harder for landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour in their properties, according to a group of over 50 letting agents from across the country.

Published 3 November 2015

Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill draws mixed response

Attempts by the Scottish Government to provide “more security, stability and predictability” to tenants renting in the private rented sector (PRS) have been broadly welcomed, though concerns have been raised proposals may harm investment in the sector.

Published 8 October 2015

Don’t ‘demonise’ private rented sector, landlords warn

Landlords have urged the Scottish Government not to demonise the private rented sector and ensure that new legislation protects tenants’ rights without strangling investment.

Published 5 October 2015

Scottish landlords take tax case to Treasury

Scottish landlords met with senior UK government officials in London yesterday to urge them to rethink planned tax changes for private landlords.

Published 17 September 2015

Rent control plans ‘threaten Scotland’s burgeoning PRS market’

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in ‘high-pressure’ rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) and curtail much-needed housing supply, according to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 2 September 2015

Scottish landlords criticise Treasury over tax changes

Tax changes from the UK government could result in an increase in private rents and leave tenants facing homelessness, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has warned.

Published 1 September 2015

Blog: Campaign wrap-up: Illegal Evictions – Know Your Rights

Debbie King reports back on Shelter Scotland’s Illegal Evictions campaign

Published 28 July 2015

Budget 2015: Campaigners hit back as landlords hint at rent rises

Campaigners for rent controls have hit back at Scottish landlords who may be planning to raise rents in response to a reduction in the amount of tax relief for buy-to-let mortgages.

Published 9 July 2015

Council tax reform ‘should encourage PRS investment’

A commission looking at alternatives to the council tax should tackle “flaws” in the system to encourage more investment in the private rented sector, according to representatives of landlords.

Published 3 July 2015

Conference to put PRS tenancy agreement proposal under the spotlight

Reforming Scotland’s private rented sector to make it fit for the 21st Century and fair for all is the theme of a major conference taking place today.

Published 24 June 2015

European Court VAT ruling deals ‘blow to private rented housing’

Landlords are calling for urgent discussions with ministers following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that will make it more expensive to insulate private rented housing.

Published 8 June 2015

Rent controls ‘could deter Edinburgh Festival tourists’

New controls over private sector rents would price visitors out of staying in Edinburgh during the festivals, letting agents have claimed.

Published 5 June 2015

Landlords call for PRS legislation to safeguard tenants whilst protecting investment

Organisations representing landlords and letting agents in Scotland will today ask the Scottish Government to ensure forthcoming legislation provides more security and improved standards for tenants whilst also protecting investment in the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland.

Published 26 May 2015