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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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  • Daniel Connolly
    endorsed 2022-03-08 12:06:13 +0000
  • Amy Conway
    endorsed 2022-03-08 12:05:43 +0000
  • Caitlin Devlin
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:43:41 +0000
  • Tara Gold
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:42:25 +0000
  • Kathleen Jenkins
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:39:49 +0000
  • Mia Chapple
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:39:10 +0000
  • Chiara Aquino
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:33:51 +0000
  • Chiara Aquino
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:33:51 +0000
  • Alan Fisher
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:31:12 +0000
    More, better quality, well managed social housing NOW
  • Nell Cardozo
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:27:30 +0000
  • Sean Harbison
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:20:15 +0000
    commitment to more social housing. controlled rent.
  • Dan Monks
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:19:29 +0000
  • Neil MacInnes
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:13:15 +0000
  • Annie F Robertson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:08:37 +0000
  • Robyn Kerr
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:06:19 +0000
    affordable rent !
  • Hayley Whelan
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:05:27 +0000
  • Natalie Beck
    endorsed 2022-03-08 11:00:33 +0000
    Rent increases amid gentrified areas
  • Stuart Bretherton
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:57:14 +0000
    Lower rents and improved rights for tenants
  • Iain Stirrat
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:56:17 +0000
    Improved living conditions and improved service provision.
  • Charlotte Swindell
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:56:01 +0000
    Affordability and for tenants to know that they are secure and that it is their home for as long as they need it
  • Caroline Robertson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:55:12 +0000
  • Jane Ellus
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:50:45 +0000
    Landlords must repair rented homes. I’m a landlord of one flat and I was horrified at how easy it was to become a registered landlord. Just a load of tick boxes and no requirement to prove gas safety or fire alarms etc. there should be a system that requires uploaded proof.
  • Kyle Paterson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:47:45 +0000
  • Vanessa MacLean
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:47:36 +0000
  • Henrietta Eagle-Wilsher
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:45:56 +0000
  • Catrina Randall
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:45:35 +0000
  • Barbara Gabmayer
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 10:41:49 +0000
  • lumai yeoman
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:36:44 +0000
  • Lotte Fisher
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:36:15 +0000
    Rent controls and better quality homes for people and for the environment
  • Simi Borovska
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:35:15 +0000
    I’d like to see landlords being obligated to immediately properly insulate their rental houses and implement a modern heating system to make the properties zero carbon.