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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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  • Rowen Marwick
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:29:40 +0000
  • Harry Naio
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:28:37 +0000
    A price cap on rents that is lower than the current rates.
  • Lauren Machray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:23:19 +0000
    A rental cap and better legal protection from negligent landlords
  • Holly Kinsella
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:19:01 +0000
    Make rental prices more affordable. How can renters be expected to save money for buying a property when the rent is costing them over £1000 for a 2 bed flat in not so great areas.
  • Becky Manson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:18:56 +0000
    Affordable, secure rentals, available to all.
  • Judith acton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:18:25 +0000
    Secure and affordable homes
  • Tirioin Goodinson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:18:19 +0000
    Living rent!
  • Rosie Bratton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:17:07 +0000
  • Jago Moore
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:17:03 +0000
  • Leila Forissier
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:16:12 +0000
  • Gillian Lawrence
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:14:52 +0000
    Affordable housing.

    Homes First for people experiencing homelessness.
  • John Greig
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:12:19 +0000
    Stable rents
  • Craig Gilchrist
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:12:10 +0000
    Affordable, controlled long-term rentals
  • Jess Raine
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:09:22 +0000
    Affordable rents!!
  • Adam Hobson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:09:14 +0000
    Less holiday homes and regulated development of Air BnB type establishments. Less second homes where there is demand for full time affordable housing.
  • Tammy McLean
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:07:16 +0000
  • Mary Redmond
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:06:41 +0000
    We rent and our landlord PHA has put up our rent by 6% fir the past 5 years. We are worried that this will be too much for us.
  • Alice Lowrey
    endorsed 2022-03-07 18:04:20 +0000
    More power to renters, keeping landlords accountable more.
  • John Paterson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:59:38 +0000
  • Stephen Boyle
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:58:15 +0000
  • Henri Van der Elst
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:54:27 +0000
  • Laura Williams
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:51:08 +0000
  • Rosie Roberts
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:50:54 +0000
    Justice for tenants, an end to landlords nonsense
  • Robyn Martin
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:47:07 +0000
    Affordable housing
  • Thomas Moran
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:44:53 +0000
  • Eamonn McClay
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:43:24 +0000
    Power should be put in the hands of tenants so they can afford accommodation that meets their needs without having to fight within an imbalanced, inconsistent system made to funnel money upwards to those who need it least.
  • Rebecca Oliva
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:42:46 +0000
    Rent controls.
  • Kate Whitaker
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:41:30 +0000
  • Pauline Duncan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:41:29 +0000
    Clean, functional living spaces
  • Kim Ward
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:40:35 +0000
    to have quality homes for all. to regulate the rents on housing. to regulate airb&bs.