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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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  • Divya Venkattu
    endorsed 2022-04-13 08:39:31 +0100
  • Andrew Carr
    endorsed 2022-04-13 08:38:27 +0100
  • Jocelyn Mcgarrity
    endorsed 2022-04-13 08:31:10 +0100
  • Rhys Delany
    endorsed 2022-04-13 08:00:02 +0100
    Affordable housing, regulated landlords, no homelessness
  • Viktoria Nolte
    endorsed 2022-04-13 07:53:03 +0100
    Affordable, good quality homes.
  • sylvia mallinson
    endorsed 2022-04-13 07:21:43 +0100
  • Robert Donohue
    endorsed 2022-04-13 07:06:39 +0100
  • Alistair Joyce
    endorsed 2022-04-13 04:46:24 +0100
  • Gaelle Roger
    endorsed 2022-04-13 02:51:39 +0100
    Affordable (and quality) homes
  • Seamus Duff
    endorsed 2022-04-13 00:14:59 +0100
    Making life and living affordable for everyone regardless of income, and stopping a greedy minority from hoarding all the property.
  • Shoba John
    endorsed 2022-04-12 23:56:14 +0100
    Affordable rents, fair tenancy terms, easy to seek enforcement support.
  • Zoe Abbott
    endorsed 2022-04-12 23:42:29 +0100
  • Izzi MacKenzie -Millar
    endorsed 2022-04-12 23:20:22 +0100
    Biggest crooks in Edinburgh are the council! I would like the council to pay me the compensation that they owe me, 1, for stealing my cast iron fireplace2, for being in breach of their own compensation rules due to repairs not being done before covid to tenants .
  • R Gray
    endorsed 2022-04-12 23:14:54 +0100
  • Dee Clark
    endorsed 2022-04-12 22:50:32 +0100
  • Bryce Goodall
    endorsed 2022-04-12 22:35:31 +0100
    My priority is seeing a proper set of rent controls designed to stop greedly landlords exploiting everyone and for systemic changes to the whole housing system.
  • H Gordon
    endorsed 2022-04-12 22:31:13 +0100
    Less AirBnB style self catering units uncontrollably taking over housing in Scotland.
  • Iram Shahzadi
    endorsed 2022-04-12 22:27:13 +0100
  • Henry Bell
    endorsed 2022-04-12 22:08:55 +0100
    Public housing. Jail for at least a couple of landlords.
  • Payton McIntosh
    endorsed 2022-04-12 21:50:48 +0100
  • Graham Anderson
    endorsed 2022-04-12 21:28:49 +0100
  • Kim Somers
    endorsed 2022-04-12 21:18:58 +0100
  • Auri Ruiz Blanco
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:50:29 +0100
  • Jacob Rawley
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:34:50 +0100
    Rent control and a ban – or at least more regulation – on buy to let.
  • Alison Wharton
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:33:02 +0100
    Affordable rentals
  • Cammy Adair
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:24:05 +0100
  • Pat Winter
    endorsed via 2022-04-12 20:19:56 +0100
    That everyone should have an affordable roof over their head.
  • Erin Ryan
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:16:44 +0100
  • Don MacKeen
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:14:43 +0100
    Rent control, secure tenancy, refitting abandoned buildings into quality housing
  • David Jacobsen
    endorsed 2022-04-12 20:05:34 +0100
    Private sector rents freeze.

    At least as much public investment in council house building as ring-fenced for Edinburgh trams. The right to rent from a sufficiently funded local council.