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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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  • Jonathan Donahoe
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:35:06 +0000
    I want rent control!
  • Jack Mauremootoo
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:29:27 +0000
  • Aiden Doyle
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:19:09 +0000
  • Louisa jane Kennedy
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:17:29 +0000
  • Alice Doyle
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:17:12 +0000
  • Oliver Robertson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:16:36 +0000
    Legally binding social housing rent consultations.
  • Jack Whitaker
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:15:46 +0000
  • Jessica Clinch
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:11:00 +0000
  • George Elliott
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:09:10 +0000
  • Ruth Mitchell
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:03:11 +0000
  • Tallulah Greive
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:02:56 +0000
  • Lewis Wotherspoon
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:01:32 +0000
  • Lilja Husmo
    endorsed 2022-03-08 10:00:04 +0000
  • Kristy Allan
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 09:57:18 +0000
  • Tess Bentley
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:55:47 +0000
  • Ian McAllister
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:53:26 +0000
    The private sector being brought more in to line with the public sector
  • Karen Shewan
    endorsed via 2022-03-08 09:47:25 +0000
    Affordable rents
  • Caitlin Reilly
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:42:12 +0000
  • Disa Persson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:41:25 +0000
  • Cáit O'Neill
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:41:25 +0000
  • Eilis O’Keefe
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:41:07 +0000
    Rent controls, more social housing to enable people to move out of extortionate private lets
  • Cy Rodger
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:39:29 +0000
    Rent control
  • Isabella Widger
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:38:14 +0000
  • Andy Thornton
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:35:04 +0000
    Compulsory purchase of empty properties, legislation to ban AirBnB where local folk aren’t being housed, legally set maximum rents that can be 100% covered by benefits if circumstances allow
  • Emily Hallewell
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:33:24 +0000
    Affordability and quality
  • Franziska Paul
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:32:41 +0000
  • Samuel Dunér
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:32:05 +0000
    Affordability and less constrictions. Less powerful letting agencies and more streamlined application processes for all companies/tenants
  • Francisco Montes
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:31:47 +0000
  • Ally Gilbert
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:26:12 +0000
  • Sheena Penson
    endorsed 2022-03-08 09:21:07 +0000