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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  • Arlene Dryden
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:59 +0000
    Bigger affordable family homes
  • Ross Lesson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:59 +0000
  • Paul S Philippou
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:49 +0000
    An end to landlordism!
  • Siva O’Neill
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:41 +0000
  • Louise Berry
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:36 +0000
  • Malcolm Marshall
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:35 +0000
  • Alex Hetherington
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:30 +0000
  • Conor Cheyne
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:57:17 +0000
  • Jon Black
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:53:49 +0000
    Bring private rents down; lots more proper social housing
  • Ell Walker
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:49:29 +0000
  • Anna Mougin
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:46:22 +0000
  • Murray McLean
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:46:07 +0000
    Rent controls and more social housing.
  • Ld Davis
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:42:39 +0000
    Affordable and quality homes!
  • Freya Murray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:39:06 +0000
  • Scott Lamb
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:35:24 +0000
    Lower rents!
  • Daniel McConville
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:27:24 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Daniel Ibanez Blanco
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:27:18 +0000
  • Uta Rosenbrock
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:23:49 +0000
    Rental caps
  • Liz Murray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:23:13 +0000
    clearer incentives for energy efficiency improvements (and penalties for not)
  • Jocasta Mann
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:22:39 +0000
    Affordable rent and warm, efficient homes
  • Fran Caballero
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:21:57 +0000
  • Thomas Baylis
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:13:55 +0000
    Social housing availability and regulated rent
  • Stewart Lawson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:13:06 +0000
  • Conor Baird
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:13:05 +0000
  • Jack Waghorn
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:12:11 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Alisdair Tullo
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:10:06 +0000
    Enforcement of standards with meaningful penalties for bad landlords
  • Oisin Kealy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:06:32 +0000
    Rent Controls
  • Robert Dallas Gray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:06:23 +0000
    Everyone should have access to affordable and secure housing which, presuming the existence of a private rented sector, can only be achieved by means of rent controls and additional rights for tenants.
  • Woo-Jeong Yoon
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:05:50 +0000
  • Kyle Gray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:03:54 +0000