PRS



Holyrood to investigate social security and its impact on rented housing

The Scottish Parliament’s social security committee has launched an inquiry into whether the social security system adequately supports tenants in both the private rented sector and social housing.

Published 5 February 2019

90,000 families in Scotland now calling PRS home

Rents in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) have continued to rise with an increasing number of families now living in privately rented homes.

Published 5 February 2019

Free forum event for Highland landlords

The Highland Council, in partnership with Under One Roof Scotland, is inviting all private landlords to a special seminar specifically to look at issues surrounding  common repairs and building maintenance and how to deal with any problems that may arise.

Published 5 February 2019

Highland landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO

A Fort William landlord has been successfully prosecuted for operating a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence.

Published 30 January 2019

MSP questions legality of key boxes on tenement doors

An MSP has cast doubt on the legality of key safe deposit boxes often installed on tenement doors in areas with a high proportion of short-term lets.

Published 30 January 2019

UK: Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason, says IPPR

England should follow Scotland’s lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters, according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Published 28 January 2019

Nationwide Foundation issues call for PRS research proposals

The Nationwide Foundation is inviting proposals to undertake qualitative research and quantitative analysis of the impact on tenants and landlords of changes to the Scottish private rented sector tenancy regime.

Published 25 January 2019

NUS Scotland joins tenants’ union’s demand for ‘winter break’ for evictions

Scotland’s largest student organisation has joined with Scotland’s only tenants’ union to demand a ‘winter break’ to forced evictions.

Published 24 January 2019

England: Selective licensing helping to tackle dangerous homes

Selective licensing schemes in England are helping to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector but could be even more effective with more government support, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.

Published 24 January 2019

Fife landlord fined for third illegal letting conviction

A private landlord in Fife who became the first to be disqualified by a Scottish court has been fined £12,000 after illegally renting out properties for a third time.

Published 18 January 2019

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer.

Published 17 January 2019

Blog: The Private Rented Tenancy Regime… one year on

Marking one year since the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act saw private rented civil cases transferred to the Housing and Property Chamber, BTO solicitor Lauren McLeod provides comment on how the tribunals have been working in practice.

Published 15 January 2019

End of ‘amateur’ landlord era as 2019 marks year when private rented sector changes

The era of the ‘amateur’ landlord may be at an end as 2019 will see further erosion of the tax benefits of being a landlord, according to an accountants and business advisory firm.

Published 14 January 2019

Blog: Tribunal wins for private tenants show powers of new rules

Several recent judgements by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) show that tenants now have an effective way of making sure that their landlord or letting agent meet the minimum standards for the condition of their homes, writes James Mullaney.

Published 10 January 2019

New property management portal aims to revolutionise lettings industry

A new property management portal is to be launched which aims to revolutionise the lettings industry by establishing new standards of transparency, fairness, and convenience for the benefit of both landlords and tenants.

Published 7 January 2019