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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  • Janet Poplawski
    endorsed 2022-04-15 16:40:36 +0100
    Housing availability/affordability; consequences for landlords putting profit over the basic need of housing
  • Sabina Ali
    endorsed 2022-04-15 16:36:46 +0100
    rent controls, less short lets, affordable housing
  • Georgia Whyte
    endorsed 2022-04-15 15:13:48 +0100
  • Hayden Douglas
    endorsed 2022-04-15 14:56:54 +0100
  • Mary Rooney
    endorsed 2022-04-15 14:41:32 +0100
  • Caitlin Feasey
    endorsed 2022-04-15 14:32:05 +0100
    Homes that are ours. Just because we rent does not mean we shouldn’t have the right to have a pet or dedorate our home in a way that reflects our likes and dislikes. Pets are also great for mental health so this is something that must be taken seriously.
  • Graeme Farquhar
    endorsed 2022-04-15 14:31:58 +0100
    Safe affordable damp free and modern housing
  • Brian Castle
    endorsed 2022-04-15 14:28:30 +0100
  • Kenneth Venters
    endorsed 2022-04-15 12:43:44 +0100
    More affordable housing
  • Kerry Boyd
    endorsed 2022-04-15 11:25:04 +0100
  • Andrew Want
    endorsed 2022-04-15 11:21:17 +0100
    Controlled rents
  • Jon Shaw
    endorsed 2022-04-15 11:20:59 +0100
    Meaningful rent controls in the private sector.
  • Nathan Lockwood
    endorsed 2022-04-15 10:56:58 +0100
    To ensure a fair deal for tenants, implement rent controls and ensure landlords are held to account.
  • Allan Armsttong
    endorsed 2022-04-15 10:49:43 +0100
  • Patricia Boyd
    endorsed 2022-04-15 09:57:54 +0100
  • Irene Elliot
    endorsed 2022-04-15 09:56:02 +0100
    Affordable housing
  • Freya Stevenson
    endorsed 2022-04-15 09:22:16 +0100
  • Lewis Clark
    endorsed via 2022-04-15 09:13:08 +0100
    Property to become a less desirable investment.
  • Sara Hamilton
    endorsed 2022-04-15 09:07:19 +0100
    Affordable housing that doesn’t have damp/mould problems, and for landlords to only be allowed to charge the mortgage rate they’re paying.
  • Caroline Stephens
    endorsed 2022-04-15 08:55:26 +0100
    Affordable better housing for our young people
  • Fiona Stephens
    endorsed 2022-04-15 08:47:09 +0100
  • Tom O’Rourke
    endorsed 2022-04-15 08:21:23 +0100
    Sequrity of tenure, affordable rents, and equality of esteem for tenant citizens.
  • Unison Glasgow City
    endorsed 2022-04-15 08:18:25 +0100
  • Laura Cairns
    endorsed 2022-04-15 07:17:52 +0100
    Releasing more homes for long term rental through stricter regulations on short term rentals
  • Lorna Shields
    endorsed 2022-04-15 02:31:36 +0100
    Safe, affordable housing. My rent went up £500 last year. If I had been working I would have been unable to pay it . Not all working people can apply for housing benefit. Social housing should be open to all not just those that have to rely on government “help”. I even sometimes wonder if it’s an attempt to “fleece” the social security system knowing that it’s a secure form of rent .
  • Barry Anderson
    endorsed 2022-04-15 01:58:32 +0100
  • Hannah Cruickshank
    endorsed 2022-04-15 00:40:27 +0100
  • Maxime swift
    endorsed 2022-04-14 23:18:27 +0100
  • Laerke Hass
    endorsed 2022-04-14 23:14:53 +0100
  • Pauline Thomson
    endorsed via 2022-04-14 23:11:22 +0100
    Affordable, secure quality social housing you can make your home.