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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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  • Anna Dressendorfer
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:36:12 +0000
  • Janis Kerr
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:35:53 +0000
    Lower rents, insulation, efficient heating and so much more
  • Andrew Little
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:34:03 +0000
  • Darren Gillies
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:33:27 +0000
  • Charlene Scullion
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 14:31:12 +0000
  • Craig Duffy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:29:24 +0000
  • Liz Summerfield
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:29:23 +0000
    Control of STLs to release more permanent accommodation for people who can’t get mortgages, but are paying more in rent than their monthly mortgage payment would be. As an owner occupier, this doesn’t affect me, but I despair at the situation those not so lucky find themselves in.
  • Cameron Gillespie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:29:17 +0000
  • Alexandra Sieczkowski
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:28:48 +0000
  • Rona Brown
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:28:37 +0000
    Lower rent . Good quality houses. Effective heating .
  • James Bryson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:27:04 +0000
    Affordability and sustainability
  • James Graham
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:26:12 +0000
    Fair and simple deposit releases and affordable housing
  • Shelagh Omondi
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:25:45 +0000
    Homes need to be:

    Affordable – no one should have to leave their community because the rents are to high

    Fit for purpose – they should be safe, warm and meet basics needs

    Meet the needs of normal life – the desire to own a pet or run a small home business shouldn’t exclude anyone from renting a home

    Contracts should be an adiquate length – no one should worry about having to leave their home after 6 months or a year through no fault of their own.

    Renters should have more protection under law – to protect them for poor, indifferent or dangerous landlords who take the money but do nothing to maintain the property or choose to ignore the rights of their tenants.

    Renting a home has been an issue since I was a child, I’m nearly 50. It’s time Scotland made a proactive change to support renters.

    And we need to get rid of second homes and holiday lets which are driving up the rents by reducing the number of properties available and preventing people from living in their communities
  • Samantha Medlam
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 14:25:41 +0000
    Affordable rent, better insulation, double glazing + a cap on the number of homes owned by one person.
  • Donal Tinneny
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:25:01 +0000
  • Eris Young
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:24:14 +0000
    Affordable housing for EVERYONE, no more turning every single new development into unaffordable, inaccessible luxury student housing. That is not what the people of Edinburgh need.
  • Clary Binns
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:20:26 +0000
  • Jaz Rogers
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:20:13 +0000
    Cheaper rent. Higher standards for buildings. Double glazing, effective heating, low CO2 emissions
  • Melanie Scott
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:19:48 +0000
  • Rachel Johnston
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 14:19:27 +0000
  • Emily Attwater
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:18:37 +0000
    Housing as a right.
  • Laura Feeney
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:18:35 +0000
    The ability to make my flat a home- decorate, keep pets etc.
  • David Mackenzie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:18:35 +0000
  • Bianca Lopez
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:18:13 +0000
    Social housing, genuinely affordable housing
  • Zoe-Jane Sutherland
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:17:23 +0000
    More affordable housing for those who need it; which should be in good condition, maintained regularly and are appropriately priced. Stop pricing people out of renting homes.
  • Holly Hargreaves’s
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:16:32 +0000
  • Adam Harper
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:16:06 +0000
    Affordable Homes
  • Niall Tessier-Lavigne
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:15:45 +0000
  • Amanda Cummings
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:15:31 +0000
    Safe and affordable.
  • David Miller
    endorsed 2022-03-07 14:14:01 +0000
    Sustainable and affordable to all those who need it.