Living Rent



Scottish Government to publish new 20-year rented sector housing strategy

A new strategy for Scotland’s rented sector will improve accessibility, affordability and standards, as part of a new 20-year route map for housing to be published next week by the Scottish Government.

Published 11 March 2021

Rent controls 'must be part of national recovery from pandemic', Scottish Parliament hears

The Scottish Parliament’s housing committee will hear this morning that rent increases during the pandemic prove the need for rent controls.

Published 24 February 2021

Additional £100m energy efficiency spend would bring 'triple win' for jobs, health and emissions

Environment, housing and anti-poverty campaigners have called for a £100 million boost to the budget for energy efficiency measures, saying the move could provide up to 17,000 green jobs, help cut climate emissions and improve properties across the country. 

Published 12 February 2021

Glasgow students to receive £2,800 from landlord after tribunal ruling

A landlord who did not secure the deposit from two Glasgow students has been ordered to pay them £2,800 after a tribunal ruling.

Published 11 February 2021

Community buy-out proposed to develop social housing at Maryhill site

A community-based alternative has emerged for a vacant development site in Glasgow to be used for social housing amid plans by the local authority to sell to private developers.

Published 14 January 2021

Living Rent calls for 'proper rent controls to protect Scotland’s tenants'

Scotland’s tenants’ union Living Rent has welcomed proposals to limit rent increases in private rented homes but cautioned that new measures need to go far enough in order to properly protect tenants.

Published 8 December 2020

Christmas eviction ban introduced for private tenants

Enforcement of evictions from rented properties will be halted in Scotland for a six week period until mid-January, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 4 December 2020

Living Rent calls for end to housing insecurity in 2020/21 manifesto

Living Rent has published its 2020/21 manifesto highlighting the shortage of housing in Scotland and has issued a call for an end to housing insecurity. 

Published 14 October 2020

Programme for Government: Scottish Government 'disappoints' on social housing and renter support

The Scottish Government is to establish a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help those struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 2 September 2020

Tenants' union launches campaign to protect Scotland's renters after coronavirus

Tenants’ union Living Rent will launch a new campaign tomorrow calling for an extension to the Scottish Government’s eviction ban and emergency financial support for tenants.

Published 17 July 2020

Living Rent issues ‘notice’ that tenants will fight evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent issued ‘notice’ to letting agents, landlords and courts that evictions will be met “with resistance” as the First Tier Housing Tribunal reopened yesterday.

Published 10 July 2020

Charities issue joint call for extension of moratorium on evictions

The current moratorium on evictions in Scotland must be extended beyond the current timeframe and include those who are actively trying to ensure their rent arrears are dealt with, according to a number of charities.

Published 26 May 2020

Scientific Advisory Panel member endorses tenant hygiene campaign

The campaign from Living Rent for registered social landlords (RSLs) to be legally mandated to maintain communal hygiene during the coronavirus crisis has gained a high-level signatory ahead of their demands being submitted to the Scottish Government this week.

Published 4 May 2020

Living Rent launches new survey with call for communal hygiene legislation

Living Rent has launched a new survey to gain a clearer idea of how coronavirus has affected working and living conditions for tenants in Scotland.

Published 22 April 2020

Scottish Government to ban all evictions for six months

Emergency coronavirus legislation will include a six-month ban on evictions from social and private rented sector accommodation, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 25 March 2020