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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  • Nam Abban
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:30:17 +0100
  • Moyo Amoo-Peters
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:29:46 +0100
  • Mark Stewart
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:28:33 +0100
    Rent controls now not in 5 years time
  • Jamie Calder
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:25:03 +0100
  • Lucy Lamort
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:22:45 +0100
  • Alexander Mussgnug
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:22:03 +0100
  • Sinéad Collins
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:14:18 +0100
  • Jack Walker
    endorsed 2022-04-14 11:13:19 +0100
  • Alan Boylan
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:58:49 +0100
  • Sophie Cronshaw
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:54:57 +0100
    Better protection for tenants
  • Roderick Anderson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:53:26 +0100
  • Sean Obrzud
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:52:21 +0100
  • Errol Durie
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:52:00 +0100
    Affordable rents better houses
  • Hannah Wilson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:50:50 +0100
  • Josh Brown
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:48:05 +0100
  • Maureen Bennison
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:48:02 +0100
    Affordable rents
  • Eilidh Mcivor
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:43:55 +0100
  • Eabha Sweeney
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:18:24 +0100
  • Ian Sargison
    endorsed 2022-04-14 10:12:49 +0100
    Better balance between the rights of landlords and tenants that takes account of the value of a ‘home’ for private tenants. It is essential that the law is not made in isolation of the relative human rights involved (art 11(1) ICESCR; A1P1 EHCR). Viewing the law from art 11(1) ICESCR’s perspective, it is imperative that the current laws on mandatory eviction grounds and rent increase regulations are changed.
  • Mirrin Hegharty
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:56:09 +0100
  • Audrey Dickson
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:48:14 +0100
  • Fiona Macdonald
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:47:47 +0100
    An end to landlordism and a reintroduction of council building programmes.
  • Fiona Macdonald
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:47:47 +0100
    An end to landlordism and a reintroduction of council building programmes.
  • Fiona Macdonald
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:47:46 +0100
    An end to landlordism and a reintroduction of council building programmes.
  • Linda McCandlish
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:40:05 +0100
  • Rosie Shackleton
    endorsed 2022-04-14 09:26:55 +0100
  • Gillian Katungi
    endorsed 2022-04-14 08:43:09 +0100
    Affordable housing

    Protections for tenants

    Fines for landlords who aren’t doing the right thing
  • Alastair Cameron
    endorsed 2022-04-14 08:31:53 +0100
    More publicly and community owned rented homes; housing co-ops instead of profit-extracting landlords
  • Donna Kennedy
    endorsed 2022-04-14 08:00:03 +0100
  • Miriam Kirchberger
    endorsed 2022-04-14 07:46:26 +0100