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A New Deal for Tenants: Rents Down, Rights Up!

  • Scotland’s tenants need homes we can afford, so that we’re not priced out of our communities.
  • We need security of tenure, not just a place we can stay for a while.
  • We need homes that are warm, so that heating them doesn’t cost the earth.
  • We need access to justice and better enforcement, so that we can defend ourselves when landlords treat us unfairly. 

The Scottish Government has promised to introduce rent controls and greater rights for tenants in this Parliament.
Between December 2021 and April 2022, the Scottish Government consulted on proposed changes to the law.

As Scotland's tenants union, we demanded:

  • AFFORDABLE HOMES: a point-based system of rent controls to bring down housing costs and improve housing quality and a greater supply of social housing

  • QUALITY HOMES: greater and clearer penalties for landlords who refuse to make repairs, as well as clearer incentives for improvements such as energy efficiency

  • SECURE HOMES: greater protections for tenants, including banning winter evictions, making all grounds discretionary and introducing meaningful penalties for breaches of the law

  • HOMES THAT ARE OURS: the right to make it ours by not facing undue restrictions on what we can do, such as having pets or redecorating

  • STRONGER VOICES FOR TENANTS: control over our homes, which means making rent consultation results binding, and ensuring we don’t face repercussions for exercising our rights

Get in touch if you want to get involved locally and push for change. 

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  • Iona Hutchison
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:16:21 +0100
  • Christian Bocchetti
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:13:57 +0100
    Rent is too expensive
  • Kat Connor
    endorsed 2022-04-13 22:20:48 +0100
  • Megan MacDonald
    endorsed via 2022-04-13 22:10:22 +0100
  • Mollie McFarlane
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:57:15 +0100
    Affordable homes
  • Fiona Graham
    endorsed via 2022-04-13 21:22:41 +0100
    I have secured a housing association property out with the city after 30 years of private sector rent. I could have paid a mortgage in that time, instead, I paid the mortgage of the wealthy assisted by council housing benefit at times. Private landlords laughed their way to the bank whilst hard working single mother’s couldn’t get a mortgage. Councils happily pay their mortgages as housing benefit. Invest this money in social housing and set rent caps.
  • Grant McPhillips
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:18:59 +0100
  • Emily McGill
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:01:26 +0100
  • Ruth Aitken
    endorsed 2022-04-13 20:57:05 +0100
    Lower rent
  • Rebecca Petrie
    endorsed 2022-04-13 20:45:20 +0100
    Balancing out the scales of power between tenants and landlords.
  • Monica Allen
    endorsed 2022-04-13 20:21:11 +0100
    Tenants rights, rent control, accountability for landlords
  • Tommy McCormick
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:58:49 +0100
  • Mara Goetz
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:57:07 +0100
    Tenants rights, rent control, accountability for landlords and letting agents
  • Talitha Brown
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:48:36 +0100
    For landlords and letting agents to be held legally responsible for ensuring that tenants are given affordable, long term safe, secure, properties they can genuinely call and feel are their homes in good clean condition given that the landlords and letting agents are making money out of them due to the increase in house value AND through the rental income. The current legislation completely disregards affordability and the necessity of the provision of secure long term properties tenants can call and feel the security of having as their homes and further is not properly enforced or acted upon with regards to the points it does cover and leaves tenants extremely vulnerable. The cost to the scottish government due to the long term impacts on the lack of these things on our population is, quite simply, a no brained, if the ethical and moral recognition of it being the right thing to do is ignored.
  • Megan Brown
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:41:53 +0100
  • Debora Calcagnile
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:41:42 +0100
  • Molly Little
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:41:40 +0100
  • Ellie Bouton
    endorsed 2022-04-13 19:09:53 +0100
    Affordable student rent!
  • Sara O'Brien
    endorsed 2022-04-13 18:06:34 +0100
  • Beth Storrie
    endorsed 2022-04-13 18:05:31 +0100
    better prices
  • Joanna Jobson
    endorsed 2022-04-13 17:52:14 +0100
  • Kev Mackay
    endorsed 2022-04-13 17:51:33 +0100
  • Callum Hopkins
    endorsed 2022-04-13 17:28:44 +0100
    rent cap
  • Jackie McMaster
    endorsed 2022-04-13 17:25:05 +0100
    To be affordable for ordinary people.
  • Marina Currie
    endorsed 2022-04-13 16:52:12 +0100
  • Gregor Gaddi
    endorsed 2022-04-13 16:30:59 +0100
  • Ciara Colthart
    endorsed 2022-04-13 16:19:15 +0100
    The fact the council do nothing for this is a joke. Living rent has saved so many livlihoods! Edinburgh needs safe, appropriate for living homes with affordable rent. Letting agents need to be put in check and not left to manipulate tenants across this city.
  • Harry Goodwin
    endorsed 2022-04-13 16:04:08 +0100
  • Tom Court
    endorsed 2022-04-13 16:03:23 +0100
  • Jane Macleod
    endorsed via 2022-04-13 15:47:51 +0100
    Rent control.