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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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  • Penelope Ciancanelli
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:57:14 +0000
    Regulations which ensure affordable rent levels as well as ones which ensure transparency as to the beneficial owner of the property rented. One possibility is to do what is done in the Netherlands and Germany—cap the rate of the return available from domestic rental properties. Insurance companies are perhaps the best ‘type’ of landlord-they get a steam income stream to pay out claims

    Public support to establish owner-occupied cooperative housing
  • Diarmaid Kelliher
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:40:08 +0000
  • Ashley Gordon
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:24:14 +0000
    Affordability/Rent Controls
  • Deborah Curd
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:22:34 +0000
    Regulation of rents and more controls on second homes and holiday lets with incentives for quality residential letting. Accommodation must be affordable.
  • Eva Mackie
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:21:50 +0000
    Affordable rent – my partner and I would love to move to Edinburgh but even with our combined income we would struggle to afford anywhere
  • Luke McQuade
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:20:38 +0000
    Affordable rent
  • Dara Coward
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 15:05:07 +0000
    Safe family-focused Social housing with a big shared garden
  • Aphra Schofield
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 15:03:01 +0000
  • Ralph Hartley
    endorsed 2022-03-08 15:01:10 +0000
  • Lyndsay McCartney
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:52:17 +0000
    Housing association
  • Stewart MacInnes
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:52:02 +0000
  • Catriona Robertson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:51:30 +0000
  • Calum Guest
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:48:34 +0000
  • Aisling Brady
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:45:47 +0000
    Regulation of rents, more controls on second homes and holiday lets, incentivation for residential letting, better renter rights, more rental properties in rural areas to stop depopulation and rejuvenate communities while allowing everyone to enjoy rural Scotland!
  • Calum Crotch
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:41:03 +0000
    Stop the growing number of rental properties being built in Glasgow by multinational investment funds. Currently being built at an alarming rate. All evidence can be found in the cities planning office.
  • Eleanor Duncan
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 14:39:08 +0000
  • Jenny Schofield
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:37:49 +0000
  • Serena Nerozzi
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 14:30:14 +0000
    Reduce rent prices and bills
  • Andrew Watt
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:26:20 +0000
  • Lawrence Reilly
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:24:10 +0000
    Affordable rent
  • Jack Portwood
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:20:06 +0000
  • Jack Batcharj
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 14:19:53 +0000
  • Bethany Stanley
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:18:07 +0000
  • Mel Aitken
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:17:55 +0000
  • Marcus Price
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:12:35 +0000
    Rent should cover mortgage repayments with perhaps a bit more which should be set aside for home improvements if the tenant wishes. Landlords shouldn’t make money on where people live.
  • Maia Lyall
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:12:20 +0000
    affordable rents !
  • Jack Healy
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:06:31 +0000
    More affordable housing and rent controls
  • Graham Caldwell
    endorsed 2022-03-08 14:03:54 +0000
    End landlordism.
  • Paul Allan
    endorsed 2022-03-08 13:59:23 +0000
    Better rates for all tenants.
  • James Kinkead
    endorsed 2022-03-08 13:55:54 +0000