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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  • Grace Stevens
    endorsed 2022-06-30 20:35:52 +0100
    Affordable homes

    Social Housing

    Secure Homes
  • Suckling Stephen
    endorsed 2022-06-19 05:19:55 +0100
    Accessable safe and affordable accommodation for all. Additional support for vulnerable people, children and families with regards to tenants rights and financial services.

    Clearer regulation in the sector concerning government and landlords responsibilities. Reduction of property profiteering e.g. ensuring that there’s a real quantifiable and equal balance of homes available to the public and that property companies, letting agencies, property developers, mortgage brokers and individuals wishing to invest in property etc do not price out individuals and families of their communities.

    I also strongly feel that all rented properties should be environmentally sound and fit for purpose with regards to effective insulation, ventilation, heating and other basic amenities such as effective water, electricity and Internet connection.
  • Rachel Mach
    endorsed 2022-06-18 12:23:12 +0100
    Affordable homes
  • Michael M
    endorsed 2022-06-12 05:52:31 +0100
    Rent control over Housing Associations so that so-called “affordable rents” are actually affordable – not for people on 6 figure salaries but for those living below the poverty line
  • Martyna Kampa
    endorsed 2022-06-10 09:41:55 +0100
    Social Housing
  • Matthew Paul
    endorsed 2022-06-09 12:17:15 +0100
    1. Affordable rent

    2. Decoration and Pet rights for long term tennants
  • Meritxell Roses
    endorsed 2022-06-06 18:25:43 +0100
  • Cameron Brown
    endorsed 2022-05-27 00:59:00 +0100
  • Allison Palum
    endorsed 2022-05-23 17:54:23 +0100
  • Ewa Bakowska
    endorsed 2022-05-22 15:58:15 +0100
  • Jon Black
    published this page 2022-05-19 09:25:23 +0100
  • Jon Black
    endorsed 2022-04-21 11:16:35 +0100
  • Vanessa Healey
    endorsed 2022-04-21 09:04:38 +0100
  • Karen Mcgregor
    endorsed 2022-04-20 22:05:34 +0100
  • Iain Daniels
    endorsed 2022-04-20 20:40:50 +0100
    Rent controls, higher repair standard/enforcement, insulation/massive heating upgrade programme
  • Rob Humphrey
    endorsed 2022-04-20 18:14:24 +0100
    Rent Control, Short Term Let reductions
  • Ainslie Roddick
    endorsed 2022-04-20 17:13:27 +0100
  • Ross Cowin
    endorsed 2022-04-20 15:22:35 +0100
    Lower rents. Rent control. Factors being legally restricted from financial exploitation of tenants and residents. No more PBSA. Homes first.
  • Aj Downie
    endorsed 2022-04-20 13:37:14 +0100
  • Beatriz Calvo
    endorsed 2022-04-20 13:27:55 +0100
    Affordable and quality homes
  • Arfaan Siddique
    endorsed 2022-04-20 10:19:11 +0100
  • Amy Cantlay
    endorsed 2022-04-20 09:41:58 +0100
    Quality and secure homes
  • Hannah Vigers
    endorsed 2022-04-20 07:57:34 +0100
    Affordable, energy efficient homes
  • Shannon McCay
    endorsed 2022-04-19 22:06:36 +0100
    Affordable housing
  • Nicola Ashenden
    endorsed 2022-04-19 21:43:39 +0100
    Thank you so much for invaluable help that you gave to my daughter when she experienced an awful bullying landlord
  • Jim Rogers
    endorsed 2022-04-19 15:06:18 +0100
    Well-insulated homes that are ours!
  • Ann McIvor
    endorsed 2022-04-19 14:38:27 +0100
  • William Andrew Nichol
    endorsed 2022-04-19 12:58:45 +0100
    For the rented sector to be run for the benefit of the residents, not the profit margins of landlords
  • Naïs Huchet
    endorsed 2022-04-19 07:10:29 +0100
    Cheaper rent and better energy efficiency
  • Matthew Morgan
    endorsed 2022-04-18 21:27:10 +0100