The cost of privately renting a home in the UK is set to increase as landlords pull out of the sector in the coming year, surveyors have warned. The August residential market survey conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has found that nearly two-thirds of surveyors expect
Almost a fifth of landlords in England and Wales are now less likely to rent to nationals from the European Union or the European Economic Area as a result of the immigration checks they are now expected to make, a study has found. A survey due to be published by the Residential Landlords Associatio
The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good. Announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she delivered her Programme for Government for 2017/18 to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, the ‘En
Glasgow City Council has banned nine landlords in the Govanhill area from renting out homes following a string of failures and concerns over the condition of properties. One of the landlords had been letting a property with faulty electrics, no hot water, a broken toilet and holes in ceilings and fl
Scotland’s housing shortfall could be plugged by Build to Rent homes but opportunities as well as threats exist for the sector, says Dr John Boyle. Build to Rent (BTR), or institutional investment in the private rented sector (PRS), is now emerging as a major new way of providing housing acros
Glasgow City Council has been granted additional powers to tackle problems in the private rented sector (PRS) in Govanhill. The local authority became the first in Scotland to be granted powers to designate an Enhanced Enforcement Area (EEA) under Section 28 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 two ye
Tenants in Scotland rent on average for 18 months, while the average length of rental tenancies across the UK is now almost two years, according to new data. Figures from estate agency network Your Move have revealed that the average tenancy length in the UK is now 20 months, up 18% from 2014.
Homes in Edinburgh's Old Town are incresingly popular on Airbnb Concerns have been raised that the rapid increase in Airbnb rented properties could harm residential communities in Scotland and impact on the country’s housing stock.
Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to introduce tougher targets to make private rented homes more energy efficient. According to Labour, soaring energy costs and poorly insulated homes have pushed a third of those living in the private rented sector into fuel poverty.
Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival, according to an MSP. Lothian representative Andy Wightman MSP said he has been “inundated” with correspondence from constituents concerned