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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  • Ethan Law
    endorsed 2022-03-07 10:07:47 +0000
    Bring down rent costs
  • Eilidh McIntosh
    endorsed 2022-03-07 10:07:44 +0000
    I’m sick of seeing AirB&B lockboxes on every single door in my street (Edinburgh). Something has to change in favour of working people.
  • Andrew Morrison
    endorsed 2022-03-07 10:05:45 +0000
    I want the place that I live in to feel like my own home. I want to feel secure in my own premises, not worrying about rent going up, if I’ll get my deposit back if I dare decorate my house, actually have a relationship with my landlord, I look after their property while living there and they help out fixing bigger issues. Being a landlord should be a full time job, not a passive income. Renting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but feeling like you are wasting money paying someone’s mortgage as prices increase year after year is very stressful and pushes more people off the property ladder.
  • Clare Scott
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:59:17 +0000
    Better protection of tenants’ rights- especially on standards of repair. Tenants should not have to wait over a year for a critical repair with water coming in to their home, or have to spend the vast majority of their day contacting their landlord and other agencies to try and force landlords to do their job and keep their home in a decent standard of repair. A safe place to live is a human right and landlords need to be held accountable to ensure they uphold their end of the bargain.
  • Ruth Gilbert
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:52:50 +0000
    Rent controls, as a matter of urgency.
  • Sophie Cairns
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:50:06 +0000
  • Trisha Mendiratta
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:47:04 +0000
  • Hedley Hall
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:42:52 +0000
    Affordable housing.
  • Molly Shevlin
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:42:04 +0000
  • Reece McCallum
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 09:38:56 +0000
    Secure tenancies and fairer rent prices!
  • Scott Macdonald
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:34:59 +0000
    To make homes affordable for all.
  • Amy Curtis
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:34:13 +0000
    Affordability, tenants rights with regards to entry and pets
  • Alan Sutherland
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:33:58 +0000
  • Aerin Lai
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:33:05 +0000
    Affordable homes!
  • Stuart Honeyman
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:30:58 +0000
  • Andrew Miller
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 09:30:38 +0000
  • Mark Bleakley
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 09:30:09 +0000
  • Lina Nass
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:29:04 +0000
    affordable housing for everyone!
  • Conner Milliken
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:27:43 +0000
    Rent controls, a cap on flat inspections to one every year at most (we get one every second month), and tenants rights allowing them to keep pets and decorate
  • Rachael Sweeney
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:27:08 +0000
  • Avril Cuthbert
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:23:24 +0000
  • Neil Johnson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:20:55 +0000
    Rents capped to discourage profiteering. Ban new holiday lets. Longer minimum contracts for those that want them to ensure no surprise evictions.
  • Margaret Gilbert
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:13:46 +0000
  • Lewis McKie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:12:41 +0000
  • Gemma Ballantyne
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:09:36 +0000
    Restrict air b&b and holiday homes, especially those in residential areas. So many holiday houses, each one could be someone’s home. Disgusting to see so much choice for a holiday and no choice when looking for a home. Barely anything out there anymore. Some people have multiple properties. Should not be allowed unless everyone has home first.
  • Arran Cameron
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:02:55 +0000
  • Ross McKenzie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 09:02:01 +0000
    council house building
  • Ray Li
    endorsed 2022-03-05 13:47:35 +0000
  • Ewan Whyte
    endorsed 2022-03-04 18:01:42 +0000
  • Rachael Cockbain
    endorsed 2022-03-04 18:01:40 +0000
    Cheaper, more affordable rent !!!