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A union for tenants in Scotland will hold a national day of action on Saturday demanding the Scottish Government implements a ban on evictions during the winter months. Recent statistics show that homelessness in Scotland has begun to increase for the first time in a decade, and that almost 100 peop

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Plans by private housing provider Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow were known by senior managers at Glasgow City Council for months, according to reports. The Home Office contractor issued the first in a series of lock-change orders at emergency accommodation through

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Three appeals challenging a City of Edinburgh Council policy to take enforcement action when properties are being misused as short term lets have been dismissed by the Scottish Government. The cases all centred around alleged breaches of planning control involving the material change of use of prope

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The average rent for a two bedroom property rose in the past year in all but four areas across Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government. Increases ranged from 0.3% in Perth and Kinross to 6.5% in Lothian. The areas that didn't see an increase include Aberdeen and Shire,

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A coalition of renters unions across the country staged a demonstration against banking firm Natwest on Saturday over its “discriminatory” buy to let mortgages. In the first co-ordinated action of its kind, ACORN, Living Rent and London Renters Union organised the demonstrations at Natwest branc

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John Blackwood Scotland’s largest landlord membership organisation has welcomed broad political support for stronger enforcement of rules governing landlords and letting agents operating in the private rented sector to allow a better service for tenants.

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An online ‘toolkit’ for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. The Toolkit for Tenants contains a series of guides for Scottish tenants covering deposits and housing costs to repairs, in

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The City of Edinburgh Council is to request that the Scottish Government conducts a review into the effectiveness of a rent pressure zone (RPZ) after a report found that the policy is not fit for purpose. Designed to cap any future increase in rent in a local authority area, RPZs became available as

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Landlords will be forced to acquire full planning permission to lease homes by the night on websites including Airbnb after changes to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill were agreed by MSPs. Holyrood’s local government and communities committee agreed an amendment from tabled by Scottish Gr

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Scottish Greens have welcomed changes to the Scottish Government’s planning bill which they say will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for housebuilding more affordable, however housebuilders have called the measures “premature”. Housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said

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