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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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  • Mark Gallagher
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:45:32 +0000
  • adrian davies
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:45:19 +0000
    equal rights for all tenants to have a fair rent, clean and repaired on access. all leaks repaired asap. consultation on rent increases and a right to no eviction, unless rent is not paid , regardless of ability to pay.
  • Elayne Young
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:45:14 +0000
    Less expensive rented flats, less HMO so people can have own space, help for autistic young people like my daughter, to find a place that’s affordable in her own town. Ban air b n b outright, social rented property should give credence to people actually from the area.
  • Leonor Estrada Francke
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:45:11 +0000
  • Carmen Simon
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:44:53 +0000
  • Rebecca Mason
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:44:37 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Samuel Hönle
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:43:59 +0000
  • Nikita Romanovs
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:43:50 +0000
  • grace muir
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:43:38 +0000
  • Harry MacNicol
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:42:27 +0000
  • Susan Readman
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:41:51 +0000
    Rent controls; warm, well maintained homes.
  • Vikki Cavanagh
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:40:51 +0000
    To reduce the rental costs in Edinburgh, so I can actually save something for a deposit to buy my own! £1300 a month on rent for a family is just scandalous!! We also need banks to acknowledge the affordability of paying for high rents means we can afford mortgage payments! This is not taken into consideration
  • declan macpherson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:40:31 +0000
  • Ronan Ogilvy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:39:41 +0000
    Immediate, robust and effective rent controls to stop us being priced out of a home
  • Benaissa Majeri
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:39:19 +0000
  • Hamish Bannerman
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:39:04 +0000
  • Louis Pernet
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:38:55 +0000
    Affordable homes, more rights for tenants
  • Norma Ross
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:38:52 +0000
    Warmer homes for tenants
  • Laura Docherty
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:38:16 +0000
    Lower Rents

    More Repairs (by qualified tradespeople)

    Better quality materials used in homes

    Housing Officers independently investigated when they breach their positions! Too much corruption within this sector!
  • Murdo Ritchie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:37:01 +0000
  • Luan Sanderson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:36:59 +0000
    Rent control
  • Albertina Pinto
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:35:18 +0000
    My Flat rent keeps going up every year without considering my income.
  • Jack Mcdonald
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:34:56 +0000
    I live in an area that’s been highly gentrified and my monthly rent is double that of when I moved in. I find inflation busting price rises like this completely unacceptable. I’ve already arranged somewhere else to live, this has come too late to make a difference to me.
  • Lizzie Williams
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 13:34:21 +0000
  • Sophie Burgess
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:34:18 +0000
  • Salisu Uba
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:34:16 +0000
    Affordable, quality and secured homes for all. thank you
  • Iain Donald
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:33:52 +0000
    Controlled, affordable rents; secure, habitable homes; a housing system where tenants cannot be treated unfairly or arbitrarily.
  • Adam Low
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:33:28 +0000
  • Jennifer Soley
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:32:55 +0000
    Homes that are ours. I have two cats and I have been discriminated against due to that. Adverts usually say “no pets”. Landlords that do take pets then ask for a bigger deposit- why? I would also say affordability and quality are obviously vital!
  • Nicole Dunn
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:32:53 +0000