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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  • Fraser Jamieson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:36 +0000
  • Morgan Finnie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:28 +0000
  • Liam Porch
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:21 +0000
  • Elizabeth Walters
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:18 +0000
  • Fiona Forbes
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:18 +0000
    Same rights as folk have in social housing ie security of tenure.

    Also rent levels set by an independent body and based on median wage

    Housing courts for dispute resolution
  • Megan De la Motte
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:17 +0000
  • Georgia Mackay
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:01 +0000
    More affordable social housing, a cap on yearly rent increases and priority towards maintenance of properties.
  • Paulius Jonusas
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:02:00 +0000
  • Annabelle Urquhart
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:01:19 +0000
  • gerson nunez
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:01:11 +0000
    fair rent control, more tenants’ rights, and the control of short-term leases (vocational rentals)
  • Lucy Mackay
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:01:01 +0000
    Rent controls.
  • Alexandra Oliver
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:59 +0000
  • Graeme Liddell
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:57 +0000
    Stop huge rent increase. Standard of living is going high enough as it is.
  • Theis Kudsk Greve
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:54 +0000
  • Juliet Cairns
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:27 +0000
  • Jamie McCubbin
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:26 +0000
    Fair rental payments and more non profit public sector housing.
  • Catherine Young
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:20 +0000
    Edinburgh rents are sky high and need capped
  • Steven Rae
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:20 +0000
    Public/community /social

    No to absentee landlords
  • Ellen Young
    endorsed 2022-03-07 13:00:07 +0000
  • Seamus Johnstone Macleod
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:59:53 +0000
  • Emily Price
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:59:35 +0000
  • Ann Marie Coulter
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:59:26 +0000
    a fair rent, maintained properties and an end to slum landlords
  • Annemarie Craig
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:59:24 +0000
    Rent controls and evictions banned More Social rent Priority
  • izzi brannen
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:59:01 +0000
  • rashné limki
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:53 +0000
  • Fortune Agu
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:51 +0000
  • Jack Batchelor
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:41 +0000
  • Peter McLean
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:32 +0000
  • nicky melville
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:28 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Heather Leonard
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:58:09 +0000
    Homes to be properly insulated including windows and stop rapidly rising rents