Scottish Land & Estates



SLE launches manifesto with plea to retain affordable rural homes for renters

The drive for energy efficiency must not jeopardise the supply of affordable rural homes for local people, according to Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) as it launched a manifesto 'People, Jobs and Nature' ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections.

Published 16 April 2021

Housing sector urged to enter Helping it Happen awards

People working in the housing sector across rural Scotland who have helped communities flourish are being urged to enter the 2021 Helping it Happen Awards.

Published 31 March 2021

Self caterers and B&Bs unite to oppose short-term lets regulations

With new regulations on short-term lets set to be put before the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee next month, Scottish Land & Estates has teamed up with other organisations to state their case against the proposals.

Published 25 January 2021

SLE calls for 'urgent rethink' on licensing of short-term lets during COVID recovery

Pursuing a new licensing regime for short-term lets in the midst of the pandemic has the potential to cause further serious damage to the rural economy, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has said.

Published 14 December 2020

Pauline McNeill calls for political support for Fair Rents Bill

Pauline McNeill MSP has stressed the 'urgent' need for rent controls as the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee completes its consultation into the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill.

Published 10 December 2020

Rural businesses and landowners criticise 'blanket approach' to short-term lets

New regulations being proposed for short-term let housing could have a devastating impact on Scotland’s rural communities, most of whom are already under severe pressure dealing with the wide-scale impacts of COVID-19, according to the organisation representing rural businesses and landowners.

Published 19 October 2020

Landowners take aim at proposed Scottish planning reforms

Landowners have criticised proposals to remove the presumption in favour of development that contributes to sustainable development from Scotland's planning system.

Published 12 October 2020

Hudson Hirsel wins national Helping It Happen award

Scottish Borders-based Hudson Hirsel has scooped a surprise ‘Judges’ Special Award’ in the national Helping it Happen Awards for its outstanding work in house building in rural Scotland.

Published 1 October 2020

Landlords outline concerns over energy efficiency improvement works backlog

Landlords of private rented homes and their agents are urging the Scottish Government to consider the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on Scotland’s ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s private rented homes.

Published 11 June 2020

Scottish Land & Estates calls for planning flexibility in rural communities

Greater flexibility and a rural focus in the planning system is required if rural communities are to thrive in the future as the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic takes it toll, according to Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).

Published 4 May 2020

Scottish Land & Estates appoints Mark Tennant as chairman

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has appointed Mark Tennant as its new chairman.

Published 29 April 2020

PRS energy efficiency regulations delayed by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has taken the decision not to introduce upcoming regulations to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing given the current focus on coronavirus.

Published 30 March 2020

School kids ‘hold the key’ to future greener homes

Scottish school children should be taught how their actions now can impact on climate change and the kind of homes they will live in in the future.

Published 2 March 2020

Lack of energy efficiency guidance ‘putting homes at risk’

A lack of guidance and leadership from the Scottish Government on the incoming changes to the energy efficiency of homes is putting unnecessary pressure on Scotland’s vital private rental sector, according to Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).

Published 23 January 2020

Scottish Land & Estates appoints first female CEO

Sarah-Jane Laing has been appointed as chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) as the rural business organisation enters the most challenging era in its 110-year history.

Published 13 December 2019