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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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  • Megan Rothnie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:32:01 +0000
  • Rob Suttie
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:30:53 +0000
    Rent control and enforcement of poor property maintenance/repair/upgrade.
  • Ken Farrell
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:30:31 +0000
    The control of unruly landlord and punishment for illegal eviction.
  • Elle Glenny
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:30:30 +0000
  • Jamye Drohan
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:29:36 +0000
  • Nicholas Major
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:27:19 +0000
  • Calum Cummins
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 15:24:21 +0000
  • andrew hay
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:23:41 +0000
  • Pauline Argondizza
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:22:34 +0000
  • Beth Newton
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:22:31 +0000
  • Kate Parker
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:22:07 +0000
  • Zuzanna Darowska
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:22:05 +0000
  • Helen Stewart
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:21:21 +0000
    Energy efficient and the right to do things that make it into a home
  • Diana Jerome
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:21:19 +0000
  • Paul Beswick
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:21:00 +0000
    Build many more Council houses.
  • Elliott Greene
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:20:45 +0000
    Reduced costs and more requirements for landlords in terms of upkeep and repairs
  • Daniel Kovecses
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:20:28 +0000
  • Jason Smith
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:19:16 +0000
  • Niamh Tumilty
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:18:27 +0000
  • Nadine Gorman
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:18:10 +0000
    Very difficult to prioritize from the living rent demands. But affordable, livable homes.
  • Alan Elliott
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:17:52 +0000
  • Brodie Mack
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:16:16 +0000
  • Horn Arnarsdottir
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:15:49 +0000
  • Ian Davidson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:14:25 +0000
    As a former welfare rights/CAB adviser I have dealt with many housing problems, mainly private sector. Whilst I could advise folks on their rights, it was/is very difficult to actually enforce these without qualified legal help. The landlord holds the balance of power. As private sector renting is now the biggest part of the rented sector and with covid hampering advice agencies, the situation can only be worse than when I dealt with it. MSPs must back Living Rent’s demands, including those MSPs who are themselves landlords, directly or indirectly, and those who shamefully take public money to pay for a second house in Edinburgh, to attend a part time Parliament which meets 3 days per week over 40 weeks of the year! Affordable homes for all!
  • Joni Langdale
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:12:49 +0000
  • Farida El Tayeb
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:11:15 +0000
  • Caitlin Anderson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:10:10 +0000
  • Rosalyn Watson
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:09:42 +0000
  • Florence Campbell-Gray
    endorsed 2022-03-07 15:09:35 +0000
  • Chris Rae
    endorsed via 2022-03-07 15:06:13 +0000