PRS



Expert highlights rent controls as key to reducing poverty in Edinburgh

The independent chair of a commission tasked with tackling poverty in Edinburgh has called for the introduction of strict rent controls in the city.

Published 30 April 2019

£150m scheme to provide deposit support for struggling first-time buyers

The Scottish Government is to create a £150 million national pilot scheme to provide support for first-time buyers and has also launched a consultation of short-term lets.

Published 29 April 2019

‘First of a kind’ PRS investment fund launched by Sigma

Edinburgh property group Sigma has launched a new Scottish Government-backed fund to invest in Scotland’s private rented sector.

Published 29 April 2019

Mid-market rent investment fund makes first site acquisitions

A housing investment fund set up last year by the Scottish Government and Places for People Group’s fund management arm has acquired its first two developments.

Published 29 April 2019

Clyde Property acquires two letting portfolios

Estate agency Clyde Property has increased the coverage and diversity of its rental offering throughout central Scotland with the acquisition of the portfolios of property companies Gordon Shields and Wura Property.

Published 29 April 2019

Management executive completes buyout of Glasgow lettings firm

Glasgow-based Newton Property Management has sold its lettings business to one of its senior executives.

Published 24 April 2019

Government consults on adding contract and transient workers categories to HMO definition

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on adding new categories to the definition of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Published 18 April 2019

Unions call for ‘urgent action’ on accessible housing and winter evictions ban

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has demanded “urgent action” from local authorities to tackle the shortage in accessible housing and has also joined a campaign to ban winter evictions.

Published 17 April 2019

Case report: Asylum seekers’ legal challenge to housing provider’s ‘unlawful’ lock-changing protocol fails

After the case to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by the Court of Session, our sister publication Scottish Legal News takes a considered look at the judgment.

Published 17 April 2019

Serco lock-change challenge dismissed by Court of Session

Campaigners have raised fears over a fresh wave of asylum seeker evictions after a legal bid to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by Scotland’s highest court.

Published 15 April 2019

David Alexander: England to follow Scotland’s lead on ‘no fault’ evictions

The announcement by the UK Government that they will end no fault evictions is welcome news and long overdue and follows the path that already exists in Scotland, writes David Alexander.

Published 15 April 2019

Number of children in PRS living in severe poverty doubles in a decade

Scottish Labour has condemned a lack of affordable homes and “rip-off” private rents it said are driving more families into poverty.

Published 11 April 2019

Poll reveals ‘overwhelming support’ for rent controls across Scotland

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.

Published 11 April 2019

New CIH study: Regulate short-term lets or risk displacement of long-term residents

The rapid growth of short-term lets such as Airbnb has been a boon to tourists and landlords, yet it could lead to the misappropriation of housing stock and displacement of long-term residents from their communities if left unregulated, new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed.

Published 4 April 2019

Savills launches Edinburgh lettings business

Savills has launched a new Residential Lettings service in Edinburgh.

Published 4 April 2019