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Evictions can still be carried out during lockdown, Greens warn

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has warned that tenants served eviction notices may still be cast out during the coronavirus lockdown after the party’s proposals to strengthen an emergency eviction ban were rejected by MSPs.

Published 3 April 2020

Private landlords to be offered interest-free loan fund to ease rent difficulties

The Scottish Government is to establish a fund for private landlords who experience difficulty securing rent as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 2 April 2020

SFHA welcomes evictions measures in Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

Adjustments to the law on evictions to protect those renting their homes in the private and social sector have been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) while the Scottish Greens said they will attempt to strengthen the evictions ban even further.

Published 1 April 2020

Private landlords urged to postpone safety certification requirements

The Scottish Government has issued updated guidance on gas, fire and electrical safety checks which states that private landlords and letting agents should postpone routine certification requirements during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 31 March 2020

UK Government makes it ‘easier’ for landlords to conduct Right to Rent checks

A controversial scheme which requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants has been adapted to “make it easier” for landlords to conduct the checks during the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Secretary has announced.

Published 31 March 2020

Letting agents granted 100% rates relief during economic emergency

Letting agents are amongst a host of businesses which will be aided by rates relief to support them during the coronavirus outbreak under new regulations introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 30 March 2020

Coronavirus forcing property owners to shift from short to long term letting

Property owners are shifting from short to long term letting as coronavirus hits holiday lets, according to DJ Alexander.

Published 27 March 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

Blog: Resolving disputes in the UK Private Rented Sector

Dr Gareth James and Dr Jennifer Harris provide an overview of new research from the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence which illustrates the role and potential of alternative dispute resolution in the UK private rented sector. This is part of a wider piece of work funded by the TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 28 February 2020

Tenant’s appeal to recover £14,000 pre-payment from landlord rejected by Upper Tribunal

A “low income” tenant who sued his former landlord for repayment of his deposit of almost £14,000 on the basis that the pre-payment arrangement was a “requirement” that was “imposed” upon him has had his appeal dismissed.

Published 19 February 2020

Alex Marsh and Ken Gibb: Reviewing rent control

Professor Alex Marsh and Professor Ken Gibb introduce the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) project which will review the rent control literature produced over the last thirty years. 

Published 13 February 2020

Mike Dailly: Rent law must change to prevent profiteering at expense of poor

A new law is required to tackle high rents in Scotland because actions to date have failed to make an impact, argues Mike Dailly.

Published 12 February 2020

Moda Living appoints Robertson to deliver first phase of Edinburgh build-to-rent development

Construction work on the first phase of a build-to-rent development in central Edinburgh is due to start this month after Moda Living appointed Robertson as the main contractor.

Published 10 February 2020

Edinburgh landlord stripped of HMO licence but maintains Airbnb listing

An Edinburgh landlord has been stripped of his HMO licence after he caused flooding to a neighbour's property, but he has been allowed to continue to use the property as an Airbnb.

Published 10 February 2020

Pauline McNeill launches ‘Mary Barbour Bill’

A Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases and to increase the availability of information about rent levels was launched by Pauline McNeill MSP this week.

Published 7 February 2020