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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  • David Hinds
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:02:57 +0000
    Rent control
  • Daniel Nawaz
    endorsed 2022-03-07 12:00:50 +0000
    Affordability
  • Jack Hanington
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:59:25 +0000
    1. Rent controls and

    2. proper penalties for landlords if they illegally or wrongfully evict or fail to maintain repairing and tolerable standards.
  • Andy Hayes
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:56:58 +0000
    Rent control and affordable rents.
  • Oliver Goulden
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:56:32 +0000
  • Rohanie Campbell-Thakoordin
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:52:49 +0000
  • Shaun Cassidy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:52:14 +0000
  • Sean Bell
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:50:03 +0000
    Rent controls.
  • Emily Glen
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:49:58 +0000
    Rent controls, to stop opportunistic profiteering from an essential thing that people need to survive.
  • Calder Hudson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:48:04 +0000
  • Katie Campbell
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:43:32 +0000
  • Donald Butler
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  • Gordon I Aitken
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  • Ryan Catterson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:42:42 +0000
  • Scott Crawford
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:41:40 +0000
    Rent Controls
  • Gavin Addison
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:39:54 +0000
    Affordability and security
  • Kyle Howlett
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:38:05 +0000
  • Kay Logan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:37:23 +0000
  • Brian Patton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:32:35 +0000
  • Ellie Jones
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:32:27 +0000
    Affordable rent
  • kamern brown
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:29:23 +0000
  • Neil Raeside
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:28:53 +0000
  • Stuart Turnbull
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:26:37 +0000
    Fair rent.
  • Kate Elliott
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:26:27 +0000
    here on Orkney we need more houses, there simply aren’t enough.
  • Flora Jean
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:26:09 +0000
  • Richard Reeve
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:25:23 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Cameron Duff
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:21:46 +0000
  • Matt McDonald
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:20:15 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Craig Manson
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 11:16:39 +0000
  • Andrew Kellard
    endorsed 2022-03-07 11:09:18 +0000
    A workable system of rent controls that’s fair and enforceable