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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  • Eleanor Haswell
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:27:12 +0000
  • Ellie Dunstan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:26:13 +0000
  • Jean Kemp
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:23:42 +0000
    Social housing must be decent and affordable.
  • Jack Templeton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:23:02 +0000
    Affordability and quality
  • Alison McIntyre
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:21:30 +0000
  • Sophie Morrison
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:20:19 +0000
  • David-John Pitts
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:18:59 +0000
  • Anna Fisk
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:17:13 +0000
  • Tom Gallagher
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:15:28 +0000
    Less Air bnbs to provide for long term let’s and drive rental prices down AND to stop building on greenfield sites due to the under occupation of existing resdidences.
  • robyn dawson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:14:19 +0000
  • Robert Hodgart
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:13:41 +0000
    Banning winter evictions.
  • Roisin Mclaren
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:13:36 +0000
  • Helen Dunkerley
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:12:00 +0000
    Affordable and homes that our ours.
  • Catherine Milligan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:10:03 +0000
  • Lena Kraus
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:09:23 +0000
    Rented accommodation needs to be affordable AND liveable (nice).
  • Olivia Smith
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:08:57 +0000
  • Ruth Kennedy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:08:48 +0000
  • Jamie McCabe
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:08:32 +0000
    Social housing to be affordable and accessible. For all private let tenents to be considered as homeless on all Housing Association application lists.
  • Faizah Saqib
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:06:50 +0000
  • Liz Albert
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:06:48 +0000
  • Rachel Crawford
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:06:47 +0000
  • David Hutchison
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 16:06:21 +0000
  • David Hutchison
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 16:06:20 +0000
  • Hedda Bjordal
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:06:15 +0000
  • Cameron Glasgow
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:04:22 +0000
  • Rory Buccheri
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:03:34 +0000
  • Lyn Jones
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:03:05 +0000
    Build more affordable homes, preferably Council owned! LOTS more.
  • Riya Agnihotri
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:02:25 +0000
  • Andrew Younger
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:02:20 +0000
    To obtain equal status of the enforcement of tenant rights of private landlords & registered social housing landlords. Fully fund enforcement at local authority level. Removal of the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman, ultimate last resort any complaint they don’t have qualified staff. Ability of the Scottish Housing Regulator, order local authority to inspect a RSHL, property and all tenants access The Property Chamber, The First Tier Tribunal, where surveyors are present as judges and they also are known to visit properties to inspect, gather evidence. Tenant Unions receive funding from government. More community ownership of social housing. And fundamental is rent & property factor pricing controls.
  • Graham Checkley
    endorsed 2022-03-07 16:01:40 +0000
    Proper control of the Air B&B market. It is driving up rental prices.