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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  • 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
  • Dorothy McHugh
    endorsed 2022-04-14 03:46:05 +0100
    Strong and enforceable tenant rights.

    Good quality warm homes at a fair rent.
  • Sean Shibe
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:44:11 +0100
    Controlled rents/tax second homes to oblivion
  • Kate Haley
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:44:10 +0100
    Rent control

    Landlord accountability
  • Phoebe Haley
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:43:46 +0100
    Rent controls, landlord accountability!
  • Sarah Hogg
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:38:26 +0100
  • Jacob King
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:17:50 +0100
  • Iona Hutchison
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:16:21 +0100
  • Christian Bocchetti
    endorsed 2022-04-13 23:13:57 +0100
    Rent is too expensive
  • Kat Connor
    endorsed 2022-04-13 22:20:48 +0100
  • Megan MacDonald
    endorsed via 2022-04-13 22:10:22 +0100
  • Mollie McFarlane
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:57:15 +0100
    Affordable homes
  • Fiona Graham
    endorsed via 2022-04-13 21:22:41 +0100
    I have secured a housing association property out with the city after 30 years of private sector rent. I could have paid a mortgage in that time, instead, I paid the mortgage of the wealthy assisted by council housing benefit at times. Private landlords laughed their way to the bank whilst hard working single mother’s couldn’t get a mortgage. Councils happily pay their mortgages as housing benefit. Invest this money in social housing and set rent caps.
  • Grant McPhillips
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:18:59 +0100
  • Emily McGill
    endorsed 2022-04-13 21:01:26 +0100