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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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  • 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.
  • Hugh Kerr
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:58:54 +0000
    Rent Freeze then rent control Hugh Kerr chair of Wharton Square Residents
  • Isabel Dickens
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:57:11 +0000
  • Ross Gibson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:56:17 +0000
    Affordable, safe, warm, publicly owned and sustainable.
  • Eileen Penman
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:55:38 +0000
    23/2 Mount Lodge Place


  • Kenneth Nicolson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:55:25 +0000
    rent to be capped. It has gone up far too much
  • Victoria Hamilton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:55:23 +0000
    Rent caps now.
  • Conor Molloy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:54:45 +0000
    Rent controls and more availability of flats at affordable prices per month
  • Sanne Jehoul
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:53:59 +0000
  • ian brown
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:53:56 +0000
    Rent cannot be increased during a tennants occupancy
  • Innes Nolan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:53:06 +0000
  • Baran Acar
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 15:52:49 +0000
  • C.J. Lazaretti
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:52:09 +0000
    Rent control is my top priority. In the absence of a legal cap on what landlords can charge for rent, they can and will just charge whatever they want, and announce rent increases on short notice (just look at what is happening to electricity bills after 2022’s changes to the UK energy price cap). Leaving the market to regulate itself will always leave the consumer paying higher prices in exchange for diminishing services. This needs to stop.
  • Jagoda Tlok
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:51:34 +0000
  • Elizabeth Dalgetty
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:50:24 +0000
    Rent caps.
  • Beti Brown
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:50:21 +0000
  • Noerl Hawkins
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:47:30 +0000
  • Jonas Thoreson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:46:49 +0000
    The introduction of a points-based system of rent controls to ensure fairly priced rents.
  • Jane Fung
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:46:45 +0000
    Better communication for residents, kick out people who disturb the neighbourhood frequently instead of just letting them go because they care about the rent money than the residents who live there ! My housing association is a bit of a nightmare here
  • Kate Ramasawmy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:45:18 +0000
  • Tess Dewar
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:43:52 +0000
    Rent controls
  • Kirsty Main
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:41:56 +0000
  • Aaron Sheridan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:40:42 +0000
    Rent controls tied to affordability
  • Joanna Ramasawmy
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:40:04 +0000
    Rent control & affordable housing
  • Kate Duncan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:36:20 +0000
    demand we build more, ie much more, social housing to reduce dependency on the private sector and drive down private sector rents.
  • William Miles
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:35:49 +0000
  • Rosa Hughes
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:33:19 +0000
    make it more affordable and secure to rent
  • Jamie Madden
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:32:05 +0000
    rent freeze and a housing standard landlords are legally responsible to meet.