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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  • Catherine Summers Summers
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:01:19 +0000
  • kim baxter
    endorsed 2022-03-07 17:00:42 +0000
  • Miranda Walsh
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:59:19 +0000
  • Nicola Milne
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:58:50 +0000
  • Debbie Thornton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:56:03 +0000
  • Ria Patel
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:55:03 +0000
  • Sadie Sanchez-Ruiz Malan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:54:29 +0000
  • Jane Jones
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:54:09 +0000
    Affordable Housing
  • Daniel Perez
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:53:31 +0000
    The introduction of rent controls, the widening of rights and protections for tenants (and lodgers – they exist too and get a lot of abuse from live-in landlords) and the dismantling of properties accumulated by a few corrupt landlords in the city.
  • James Sullivan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:53:25 +0000
  • Marion Mullins
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:52:32 +0000
    Affordable rents for those on minimum wage. I have 2 single sons in their 40’s who can no longer afford to rent privately in Edinburgh. Dont stand a chance on the council waiting lists and dont earn enough for shared ownership. Better energy efficiency in all rented homes. My sons have never lived in a rented flat with double glazing.
  • Jordan Dow
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:52:29 +0000
  • Kevin Ferguson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:51:54 +0000
    Understanding landlords who make allowances for changes in tenants’ circumstances.
  • Rob Henthorn
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:48:00 +0000
  • Katie Fiore
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:47:35 +0000
  • Laura McBlain
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:46:46 +0000
  • chris moses
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:43:31 +0000
  • Nancy Wallace
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:43:11 +0000
  • Naomi Wallis-Ryder
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:42:19 +0000
    More affordable, good quality accommodation for everyone (both non-students and students alike!)
  • Kirsty Brown
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:40:11 +0000
    Affordable home where pets are welcome.
  • Gemma Rice
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:37:26 +0000
  • Margherita Scazza
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:35:45 +0000
  • christy mearns
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:35:16 +0000
  • Raymond Foster
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:34:15 +0000
    Repairs being attended to without delay, eco friendly heating appliances fitted, general updating of the buildings. It would also be helpful if the council workers change their attitude and realise they work for the public,hence the title (public servants).
  • Killian Steele
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:34:14 +0000
    To prevent ‘Social Housing Associations’ behaving like ’Corporate Organisations’
  • Alan Rorrison
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:32:59 +0000
  • Mathew Ward
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:31:18 +0000
  • Hester Taylor
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:30:51 +0000
  • Marty Smith
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:28:38 +0000
  • Keshav Bhatnagar
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:27:38 +0000
    Especially more affordable and more social housing. The rise of luxury appartments is unacceptable. Flats being built and sold for £1 million in Edinburgh is outrageous given how many people are homeless in the city. And a 20% commitment to social housing stock on new builds is simply not enough.