Shelter Scotland

12% of Scots struggling to pay rent or mortgage

The number of people in Scotland who say they are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage has increased by nearly a third in the last two years, a new survey has revealed.

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 University of Edinburgh course to aid efforts to tackle homelessness

A new course aimed at providing people with the necessary skills to help people who are homeless will be launched by the University of Edinburgh this month.

Published 7 January 2019

Designer bargains up for grabs at Shelter Scotland’s annual charity shop event

Shoppers in-the-know are set to descend on Shelter Scotland’s Stockbridge shop today in what has become an annual ‘must-attend’ event for bargain-hunters.

Published 3 January 2019

Scottish Government reaches 80,000 affordable homes milestone

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has welcomed new figures which reveal a 21% rise in the number of affordable homes delivered in Scotland during the last year.

Published 12 December 2018

Blog: Short term lets: The impact on Scotland’s housing system

The concentration of Airbnb lets in Edinburgh is higher than that of New York, Berlin, Barcelona and even London. Izzy Gaughan asks what this means for Scotland's housing crisis?

Published 12 December 2018

More than 6,000 children in Scotland will be homeless at Christmas

More than 6,000 children from across Scotland face being homeless this Christmas, the highest number in ten years, according to new figures.

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: Private Residential Tenancies – one year on, how has the new law changed renting in Scotland?

One year after private renters were given new rights, James Mullaney looks at what has improved and what still needs to be done.

Published 4 December 2018

More than 400 Shelter workers to strike next month following ‘derisory’ pay offer

Staff at housing and homeless charity Shelter, including those in Scotland, will take three days of strike action next month in a dispute over pay.

Published 29 November 2018

Conference to hear of step-change for empty homes work in Scotland

Delegates from across Scotland will hear about the range of successful initiatives and projects bringing new momentum to the challenge of turning long-term private empty properties in to homes again.

Published 26 November 2018

Around 43,000 people became homeless in Scotland last year

A household lost their home every 18 minutes in Scotland last year and homelessness applications rose for the first time in nine years, a new report has found.

Published 22 November 2018

Far From Fixed: Shelter report reveals true scale of homelessness in Scotland

The complexities of the homelessness system across Scotland and the multiple issues that people who are homeless face have been outlined in a new report published today.

Published 8 November 2018

Blog: What do the homelessness statistics show us – and what don’t they?

Homelessness is back on the rise - with the number of children in temporary accommodation rising for the fourth year running, writes Shelter Scotland’s Jessica Husbands.

Published 8 November 2018

Shelter Scotland produces ‘toolkit’ for private tenants

An online ‘toolkit’ for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust.

Published 8 November 2018

Moves to record homeless deaths a step closer with NRS promise

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) could begin to record the number of homeless deaths across the country after it pledged to conduct a review of its policy and practice.

Published 1 November 2018