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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  • 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
  • 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