Buying vs renting: Infographics detail gap between mortgage and rental costs

New research has revealed the UK cities where houses cost less to buy than to rent and where first time buyers are better to continue renting.

Published 29 January 2016

Work ‘progressing well’ on PRS development in Edinburgh

The awful weather conditions across Scotland over the winter period did little to slow down construction work at a development of 113 homes for the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Edinburgh.

Published 26 January 2016

Private Tenancies Bill ‘lacks grounds to provide homes for employees’

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has been urged to think again over a lack of grounds to provide homes for employees in the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 25 January 2016

MSPs vote in favour of Private Tenancies Bill

MSPs yesterday agreed the general principles of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill during a Stage 1 debate in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 22 January 2016

Blog: What do students really think about tenancy reform?

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Vonnie Sandlan of NUS Scotland looks at what students want from new legislation on private renting.

Published 22 January 2016

Private Tenancies Bill set for Parliament debate

A new bill aimed at strengthening and improving the private rented sector will be debated in parliament today.

Published 21 January 2016

MSP calls for rent controls to be extended to Highlands and Islands and to new tenancies

The need for rent controls in the Highlands and Islands, where rents are rising faster than in any other part of Scotland, has become “urgent”, according to John Finnie MSP.

Published 21 January 2016

New tool launched to help landlords lobby against tenancy reform

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new online lobbying tool to help landlords in Scotland fight proposed reforms to tenancy agreements.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Tenants bill risks wrecking student sector

For thousands studying at Scottish universities each year, the vital task of safely securing a place to live for the next academic term treads a well-worn path; one that’s about to be an unintended casualty of new legislation that’s current going through the Scottish Parliament, according to PRS 4 Scotland spokesman Dan Cookson.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

Welcome as they are, the Scottish Government’s package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) just don’t go far enough, writes Tony Cain, policy manager for the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO).

Published 19 January 2016

RBS unveils £1bn capital support for purpose-built PRS schemes

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has committed £1 billion of capital to support the development of thousands of new purpose-built private rental schemes across the UK.

Published 18 January 2016

RICS Scotland ‘broadly welcomes’ Holyrood report into Private Tenancies Bill

A Parliamentary committee report which made recommendations aimed at improving the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, has been welcomed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland.

Published 18 January 2016

MSPs make recommendations to improve Private Tenancies Bill

The general principles behind a bill that aims to introduce a new single tenancy for the private rented sector and have been given support from a committee of MSPs, though some suggestions for improvements have been recommended.

Published 15 January 2016

Call for ‘student tenancy’ as students reject proposed tenancy reforms

Students in Scotland have roundly rejected one of the principal tenets of the Scottish Government’s Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill as unworkable and failing to recognise their specific needs and interests.

Published 12 January 2016