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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  • 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 Kyranou
    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
  • Ho Lun Fredie Chan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:22:39 +0100
  • Aislinn Melville
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:20:30 +0100
    affordable homes
  • Nathan Crudden
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:19:54 +0100
  • Aditya Jaidev
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:14:31 +0100
  • Matthew Gibb
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:13:24 +0100
  • Keith Warwick
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:09:01 +0100
  • Maria Karofylali
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:07:42 +0100
  • Monica Habo
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:06:28 +0100
  • Joe Macmillan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:05:32 +0100
  • Chris Ross
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:04:16 +0100
    Affordability, autonomy and voice for tenants.
  • Maisie Taylor
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:03:09 +0100
  • Thomas Widrow
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:01:41 +0100
    Affordable homes, keeping rent increase in line with median salary increase at most on top of the point-based system.
  • Lauren Murdoch
    endorsed 2022-04-14 16:01:35 +0100
  • Maha Ghani
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:59:55 +0100
  • Nick Steff
    endorsed via 2022-04-14 15:58:47 +0100