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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  • Pauline Perston
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:57:41 +0100
  • Paul Mullaney
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:56:10 +0100
  • Ian Hood
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:54:56 +0100
    I would like more council housing to be built that would provide more general support.
  • Leilani Skeates
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:53:16 +0100
    We need cheaper rent, otherwise better wages, even with the increase to £9.50 per hour living wage I still fear consuming my savings!
  • ayesha ali
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:50:32 +0100
  • Joel Harman
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:48:50 +0100
  • Finn Rogers
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:46:59 +0100
  • Siri Black
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:46:26 +0100
  • Alexander Brown
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:43:10 +0100
  • Thibault Audic
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:16:12 +0100
  • Catherine Campbell
    endorsed 2022-04-14 15:03:39 +0100
  • Louise Cameron
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:58:23 +0100
    Safe, secure, rent-controlled and sustainable public housing for this generation and all who follow.
  • Katherine Preston
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:54:40 +0100
  • Bethany Fraser
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:51:21 +0100
    Affordable homes! Rental prices, particularly in cities, are very high and often for poor quality housing.
  • Niamh Campbell
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:21:10 +0100
    Rents down

    More social housing

    Security in rented housing

    Right to decorate

    Right for pets
  • Tristan Melville
    endorsed 2022-04-14 14:06:32 +0100
  • 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