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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  • Dominic Bernard
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:02:56 +0100
  • Charlie Alston
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:51:33 +0100
  • John Lanigan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:51:15 +0100
  • Jane Sheppard
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:47:01 +0100
    I think rent should reflect wages. Also nee ore bigger houses mean8ng jointing properties together for larger fami,it’s. Govanhill is for lone people or small families. The rent for social housing is a reflection of what government pay in housing benefit not the size of the property. It’s hard to move out of social housing cos the rent sometimes reflects same price as private rented. There is very little disablement housing. I know people who have no disabilities,itities given disabled properties by housing ass.
  • Troy Holt
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:35:24 +0100
    To provide safe, secure, and affordable homes to the people of Scotland
  • Anne Friston
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:28:46 +0100
  • Aiswarya Jayamohan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:17:11 +0100
  • mauragh Scott
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:15:03 +0100
  • mauragh Scott
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:14:47 +0100
  • Gabriel Kielty
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:12:30 +0100
  • John-Mark Glover
    endorsed 2022-04-14 13:09:12 +0100
    Rent caps, more council houses, reduction of short term lets, and am end to landlordism.
  • Megan Barclay
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:58:32 +0100
  • Sean Smith
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:57:45 +0100
    Affordable, safe and secure homes.
  • Joseph Wilson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:46:39 +0100
  • Simon Whittle
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:39:44 +0100
    Rent decreases – right down till it’s genuinely affordabile for everyone
  • Roderick Duncan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:37:55 +0100
  • Steven Shand
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:35:09 +0100
  • Benn Rapson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:33:02 +0100
    We need more council housing with direct democratic accountability to tenants.
  • Colin Tait
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:29:00 +0100
  • Ben Callaghan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:27:42 +0100
  • Andrew Davis
    endorsed 2022-04-14 12:27:15 +0100
  • Jon Black
    published this page 2022-04-14 12:21:48 +0100
  • Doncho Atanassov
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:53:04 +0100
  • Chris Silver
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:53:02 +0100
  • Jack Duncan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:51:55 +0100
  • Chris Spence
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:50:54 +0100
  • Jennifer McCarey
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:49:29 +0100
    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
  • Colin Vernall
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:49:11 +0100
    Social Housing, rent controls and accountable stewardship of housing stock with NO evictions.
  • Calum Baird
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:39:29 +0100
    That it meets the demands of living rent
  • Euan Stewart
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:36:54 +0100
    Cheaper rents ,more rights