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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  • Annika Larson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 23:00:02 +0100
  • Alexander Smail
    endorsed 2022-04-14 22:31:32 +0100
  • Dean Kerslake
    endorsed 2022-04-14 22:24:17 +0100
  • Hannah Inglis
    endorsed 2022-04-14 21:17:32 +0100
    Fair for all. End to landlords profiting from exploiting renters.
  • Gemma Connolly
    endorsed 2022-04-14 21:03:13 +0100
    Affordable homes and the right to make them your own
  • Tara Roberts
    endorsed 2022-04-14 20:29:20 +0100
    A requirement for landlords to have any broken items repaired or replaced within a reasonable time period and to have their properties insulated to the highest standard possible for the building type.
  • Anthony Beveridge
    endorsed 2022-04-14 20:07:20 +0100
    make it cheaper
  • Isabella Jones
    endorsed 2022-04-14 20:01:23 +0100
  • Ellis Dargie
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:24:40 +0100
    Affordable, quality homes.
  • Korin Queen
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:11:38 +0100
    Secure tenancies, rent controls, reduction in landlord power
  • Tom Beards
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:10:59 +0100
    Landlords must fix/replace essential items in flats quickly, no frequent intrusive visits from landlords and most importantly affordable rent
  • Andy Ritchie
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:09:56 +0100
  • Billy Connolly
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:09:24 +0100
    Ability to live
  • Elsie Prentice
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:07:56 +0100
    quality of rented housing, subdivided flats is not good standard
  • Domonique Stuart
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:05:55 +0100
    a cap on rising prices, affordable rented prices
  • Chris Bigley
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:03:35 +0100
  • Hannah Bailic
    endorsed 2022-04-14 19:01:51 +0100
  • Anne Louise Kent
    endorsed 2022-04-14 18:59:36 +0100
    Cost of rent in private sector
  • Kirsty Dolan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 18:56:26 +0100
  • Sandra Alland
    endorsed 2022-04-14 18:15:41 +0100
    Affordable housing, rent control / limits on rent increases, wheelchair accessible housing, stricter enforcement against short term lets.
  • Rosa Gilder
    endorsed 2022-04-14 17:36:48 +0100
  • Erin Kelly
    endorsed 2022-04-14 17:35:08 +0100
  • Nora Casey
    endorsed 2022-04-14 17:23:16 +0100
    Rent and security of tenure
  • Morag Mcmillan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:55:04 +0100
    Affordable living which incudes affordable heating systems installed in all social housing. Rent is only one component in the factors that combine to ensure affordable living.
  • Nky Adeboye
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:54:51 +0100
  • Kieran Curran
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:50:48 +0100
    I’m no longer a renter, but having experienced the rental sector here in Scotland for over a decade, it was, at times, a heavily alienating, exploitative and draining experience. I have lived in flats that didn’t allow pets, that had substandard ventilation (including the growth of mushrooms in the carpet), excessive inspections, faulty boilers and much more. This was all in the context where you were expected to be grateful for such thin gruel. In light of my experience of this broken system, I fully endorse all of Living Rent’s demands.
  • Iris Kiranou
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:44:43 +0100
    Affordable houses in the city centre
  • Katie Langhorne
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:39:06 +0100
    Rent control and accountability over tenants forced to live in sub-standard accommodation
  • Natasha Appleby
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:25:52 +0100
  • Fredie Chan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:22:39 +0100