Shelter Scotland

Scottish Household Survey shows continued decline in social rented sector

An annual report into the tenure of Scottish households has renewed calls from across the sector for an “urgent need” for more affordable homes.

Published 27 August 2015

MSP condemns ‘broken’ private rented sector as rents reach record levels

Fresh calls have been made for the Scottish Government to increase the availability of affordable homes after average rents in the private sector reached an all-time high.

Published 27 August 2015

Discretionary Housing Payments used to ‘paper over the cracks’ of poor policies

Shelter Scotland has cautioned against Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) being viewed as a long-term solution to Scotland’s housing crisis after new figures revealed a 37 per cent increase in the number of awards.

Published 25 August 2015

New code of practice for letting agents opens for consultation

A consultation is underway to gather opinions on a new code of practice for letting agents and the requirement for letting agents to undergo training before they can be added to a register.

Published 24 August 2015

West Dunbartonshire Council defends housing policy after evictions increase

West Dunbartonshire Council has defended its evictions approach saying the method is only ever used as a last resort.

Published 14 August 2015

East Lothian Council joins Make Renting Right campaign

East Lothian Council has pledged its support for a campaign calling for reform of the private rented sector.

Published 5 August 2015

Letting agents ‘still charging illegal fees’ in Scotland

Illegal rent fees are still being charged by letting agents across Scotland, a BBC investigation has found.

Published 5 August 2015

Call for private rental sector reform as Edinburgh prices increase by 9 per cent

The cost of renting private sector accommodation in Edinburgh has prompted fresh calls for the introduction of rent controls.

Published 29 July 2015

Average house price in Scotland reaches £168,000

The average price for a house sold in Scotland was 3.5 per cent higher in the first quarter of 2015-16 than compared to the same period last year, according to new figures.

Published 28 July 2015

Blog: Campaign wrap-up: Illegal Evictions – Know Your Rights

Debbie King reports back on Shelter Scotland’s Illegal Evictions campaign

Published 28 July 2015

Housing benefit cut ‘could make 1,000 young Scots homeless’

As many as 1,000 young Scots will be forced into homelessness as a result of the “catastrophic” impact Tory welfare cuts could have on our most vulnerable 18 to 21-year-olds, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 27 July 2015

Overcrowding Statutory Notices ‘could increase risk of homelessness’

Homelessness levels in Scotland could rise as part of a Scottish Government drive to crack down on overcrowded houses, charities and housing chiefs have warned.

Published 24 July 2015

Motherwell players kick off charity furniture shop

Players from Motherwell FC turned up to surprise staff and volunteers as they opened the doors to a new charity furniture shop yesterday.

Published 24 July 2015

Comedy stars to stand up for Shelter

Stars from the world of stand-up – including Irish funny man Tommy Tiernan and critically-feted character comedy duo Max and Ivan - are coming to the Edinburgh Fringe in aid of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

Published 23 July 2015

Blog: Housing: a price worth paying

By Paul Bradley at Shelter Scotland

Published 21 July 2015