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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  • 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 !!!
  • Holli Langshaw
    endorsed 2022-03-04 17:59:22 +0000
    Safe, affordable, rentee controlled
  • Megan Pollock
    endorsed 2022-03-04 16:32:25 +0000
  • Kay Li
    endorsed 2022-03-04 16:31:37 +0000
  • Mu'Azzamah Ahmad
    endorsed 2022-03-04 16:06:42 +0000
  • Stacey Brown
    endorsed 2022-03-04 16:01:14 +0000
    Affordable homes

    Homes that are ours
  • Erin Tuff
    endorsed 2022-03-04 15:05:05 +0000
    To reduce rents and increase rights
  • Jessica Fenn
    endorsed 2022-03-04 14:31:33 +0000
    A points-based system that gives real incentives for landlords to improve their homes, provide quality housing and energy efficiency. It is also really important to me that tenants aren’t discriminated against for unionising and there are no repercussions for exercising our rights.
  • Calum Sanderson
    endorsed 2022-03-03 17:22:56 +0000
  • Sinead McNulty
    endorsed 2022-03-03 15:03:59 +0000
    With the cost of living rising, better security for tenants and owner occupiers alike would not go amiss which would include a winter eviction ban and no cut off of energy. We need to have more control over our homes – a real say in policy decisions and being able to bring up questions of quality without fear of evictions. With the environmental crisis, quality homes and cutting energy should be a key priority for the government. Therefore the scottish gov, should not delay implementing rent controls, which would significantly improve the housing stock whilst letting tenants maintain secure finances.
  • hamish brown
    endorsed 2022-03-03 11:16:57 +0000
  • Ian Doherty
    endorsed 2022-03-02 20:30:01 +0000
  • Cameron Scally
    endorsed 2022-03-02 19:22:02 +0000
    A points-based system of rent controls
  • Harry Brennan
    endorsed 2022-03-02 18:56:08 +0000
    Keeping rents from rising steeply – caps, lower levels, and make them actually match the quality of housing
  • Shannon Stewart
    endorsed 2022-03-02 18:26:04 +0000
    All of the above.
  • Mark Perrie
    endorsed 2022-03-02 18:25:31 +0000