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KEYWORD "Scottish Government" - 100 RESULTS
Politicians make landlords feel like pariahs in society - claim

Red tape and a hostile attitude towards landlords from government is fuelling Scotland’s housing crisis, experts warn. John Blackwood, chief executive of...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb rips into politicians and restrictions on short lets

Airbnb has ripped into politicians in Scotland who have implemented restrictions on short lets. The former SNP-Green coalition government allowed local councils...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Political change may boost landlord investment, survey shows

More landlords predict Scotland will attract the most residential property investment outside of London and the South East in the next...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control zealot dropped from Scottish government

The architect of the controversial rent control policies in Scotland has left the government. It is not known what long-term implication this...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords can afford much tougher regulation, says think tank

A think tank based in central London says landlords would not quit the sector if much tougher - and more expensive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Opposition building to controversial rent control proposals

Scotland’s new Housing Bill - introducing a laborious eviction process and rent caps across the country - will ‘compound the mistakes’...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims rent control proposal still not tough enough

The controversial proposal for permanent rent controls in Scotland, published just ahead of the Easter holiday, doesn’t go far enough for...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians propose State Control of private rents in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill allows SNP and Green politicians to create rent control areas, triggered by local authorities, and this...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Eco-activists slam landlords selling up because of rent controls

Green Party activists responsible for rent controls on Scotland have now slammed landlords who claim the number of rented homes is...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New attack on Airbnb landlords - possible charge for bin collections

Media outlets in Scotland are reporting that Edinburgh council is considering charging short let landlords for bin collections. The plans are to be...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Councillors make ‘breakthrough’ proposal for improving rental EPCs

SNP councillors in Scotland have come up with an innovative suggestion to improve energy efficiency in private rental properties. They want councils...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord rules in force next month “flawed and unworkable”

A prominent lettings agency has hit out at the latest changes to safety regulations that private landlords must comply with or...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - the lessons the industry should learn

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on migrating away from the emergency rent controls introduced in September 2022 and extended...

20 January 2024

From: The Big Issues

Rent Control proposals are complex, costly and won’t work - claim

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Emergency law demanded to regulate Airbnbs and Short Lets

A local authority is calling for emergency legislation to help it and other councils stop the spread of Airbnbs and other...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Unknown Energy Costs could hurt tenants this winter

A lack of Energy Performance Certificate enforcement is putting tenants at risk from high energy costs or cold homes, according to...

23 December 2023

From: The Big Issues

Government eco-scheme for landlords has zero impact - claim

A campaign by a UK government to help landlords retrofit their properties with energy efficient amenities has had almost zero impact,...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock Rent Controls legal judgement - landlords and agents “disappointed”

Scotland’s Court of Session has come down in favour of the Scottish Government when it comes to rent controls. A case against...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent may be exempt from rent controls - shock proposal

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory identifies single individual responsible for rent rises

A Conservative politician has named an individual who he claims is responsible for high rent rises and increasing homelessness. Murdo Fraser, the...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb controls may breach data laws and Human Rights Convention

Scotland’s controversial licensing regime on Airbnbs and other short lets, due to start next month, may breach the European Convention on...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Politician likens buying a second home to “forced eviction”

The Scottish National Party councillor for Oban North and Lorn - which includes the village of Plockton, made famous by the...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

More Time! Call for politicians to extend Airbnb licensing deadline

A countryside property organisation has added its voice to the calls for an extension to a licensing scheme for Airbnbs and...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Here To Stay says Scottish Government

The Scottish Government says rent controls - already existing as a so-called emergency measure - will become permanent. Scottish First Minister Humza...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Regulation - Last-ditch bid to stop “laughing stock” rules

Trade bodies and short let landlords have made a last-ditch appeal to politicians to stop new rules which could see the...

29 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove wants to extend measures in Renters Reform Bill - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Chaos! Bid to regulate Airbnb and short lets in tatters after ruling

A plan to regulate short lets such as Airbnbs has been ruled unlawful by a judge before it even comes into...

09 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Cap goes on for another six months despite industry opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months - despite widespread opposition from the...

02 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Domestic abuse survivors ‘failed’ by landlords - claim

A new report claims that many social landlords have inadequate policies to support survivors of domestic abuse. The report, published this week...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Should illegally evicted tenants get damages from landlords?

A study of almost four years of cases reported to Citizens Advice has suggested that illegal eviction and landlord harassment are...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - how they make part of the UK un-investable

Rent controls and political uncertainty are affecting investor appetite to fund and deliver Build to Rent homes in Scotland, according to...

22 April 2023

From: The Big Issues

Rent cap and eviction ban fail to stifle high tenant demand

Rental demand in Scotland remains high according to the first quarterly report by DJ Alexander Ltd and Stonehouse - the two...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Second homes to be clobbered with more than double council tax

Councils are to be given powers to enact huge tax increases on second homes and empty properties, the Scottish Government proposes. New...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent tells off politicians for ‘unbalanced’ approach to landlords

One of Scotland’s largest lettings agencies is voicing concern over what it calls “the lack of balance” in the Scottish government’s...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze at centre of local election party pledges

An immediate private sector rent freeze and eviction ban for the duration of the cost of living crisis is the key...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords - will you pay to help overturn a rent freeze?

Landlords are being encouraged to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to take legal action regarding rent caps and eviction bans. It follows...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government tells landlords to consider reducing rent if tenants ask

The Scottish Government - which is already implementing a rent cap and eviction ban for the private sector - is now...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Private rent rises capped at 3% for existing tenants in Scotland

Politicians in the Scottish Parliament have backed a controversial cap which means rent rises for private tenants mid-tenancy cannot exceed 3.0...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls legislation to be unveiled next autumn

The Scottish Government, despite being in the middle of electing a new First Minister, is pressing ahead with legislation for long-term...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Fishermen blame landlords for pricing locals out of homes and jobs

A fishing organisation is blaming landlords for contributing to a housing crisis which, they say, means locals cannot live in coastal...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Is property tax so high it drives away investment?

Property taxes in Scotland have increased by nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in the last year compared to the...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Cap Minister and Shelter stopped from speaking with politicians

A nine-page legal document outlining landlords’ arguments has effectively stopped a controversial housing minister and campaigning organisations giving evidence to a...

25 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to rent controls moves a step closer

A coalition of landlords and lettings groups has submitted a Petition to the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking a Judicial...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Victory - rent rises allowed after politicians’ U-turn

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Signs that Scottish private rent freeze could become permanent

There are early signs that the controversial private rental sector rent freeze in Scotland could be made permanent. The freeze, along with...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords “don’t contribute anything to society” says politician

Landlords are not “contributing anything useful to society” a politician has claimed. Over the Christmas and New year break Ross Greer, a...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Private landlords should follow new ‘average rent increase’ plan

Propertymark has come out in favour of private landlords being allowed to follow the example of social landlords in agreeing an...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - most landlords staying the course in Scotland

Scottish landlords have been targeted with a raft of restrictive legislation in recent years but most are staying the course and...

26 November 2022

From: Agent Advice

Labour peer shows the damage rent controls can do to housing

A Labour peer who was to have invested £1 billion in affordable homes has halted his scheme because of the threat...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords contribute heavily to large increase in property tax paid

Property taxes in Scotland have increased by nearly two thirds compared to the pre-pandemic period according to analysis of the latest...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords under assault from government: This will end badly

It is a fundamental principle of a functioning democracy that parties, when in power, should pay at least lip service to...

15 October 2022

From: Rental Reform

Emergency Rent Freeze - Landlord bodies seek legal opinion

The National Residential Landlords Association has joined with other landlord and agent bodies to seek legal opinion on whether Scotland’s rent...

14 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils begin charging for Airbnb and short let licensing

Local authorities in one part of the UK have revealed their charges for the licensing of Airbnb and other short lets. Scotland’s...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze politician slams landlords for “hard to justify” increases

The politician who is the architect of an emergency private sector rent freeze set to come into force this week has attacked...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Experts spell it out - rent freeze will make housing crisis much worse

Property experts in one part of the UK where rent freezes are a way of life say they make the housing...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

First AirBnb and short let licensing system starts tomorrow

The first step within the UK to officially monitor Airbnb-style short lets comes into effect tomorrow, October 1. Scotland’s Short-Term Lets Licensing...

30 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze Update - webinar tomorrow will explain

Want to know more about the Scottish Government’s rent freeze policy? If so, Rightmove’s webinar tomorrow, September 14, at 10am, may be...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician leading Rent Freeze charge cannot explain how it works - claim

The controversial rent freeze policy in Scotland has been described as being “in chaos” by a top lettings agency chief. In a...

12 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Council to buy homes from landlords and allow tenants to stay

* Angels Media and Landlord Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - A council is offering...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze “end of private rental as we know it” - claim

The Scottish Government’s dramatic immediate introduction of a rent freeze and eviction ban could mark the beginning of the end of the...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban and emergency rent freeze from today in Scotland

An emergency rent freeze in the private and public sectors has been announced this afternoon in Scotland. It will last until...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour demands emergency rent freeze across Scotland

Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar has called for the Scottish Government to implement an emergency rent freeze. The freeze, which Sarwar...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

The Trope of the Rogue Landlord - does it drive policy?

In an ideal world, home ownership would be the accepted way for everyone to live, with people enjoying the security, warmth,...

27 August 2022

From: Agent Advice

All homes at least EPC rating C by 2033 says national housing chief

The housing chief of the Scottish Government says that all homes in that country - irrespective of tenure - must hit...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord banned from letting Airbnb after failed appeal to government

A landlord who lives in the US and lets her apartment out via Airbnb has been banned from doing so in...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Licensing - consultation until early August

A council is one of the first in the UK to consult on a licensing scheme for AirBnb style short lets. The...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council plea to government for rent and Airbnb controls

Highland Council is going to ask the Scottish Government for a rent control zone in part of its patch. This is despite...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms can create a professional PRS - if it’s properly policed

Leading rental payment platform PayProp has welcomed the added protections for landlords and renters outlined in the UK government’s rental reform...

25 June 2022

From: Rental Reform

Rent Controls hit capital values according to letting expert’s analysis

Landlords and owner occupiers alike could lose the most financially from rent controls according to a prominent rentals expert. The claim comes...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Negative perception of landlords 'makes housing crisis worse'

Landowners are claiming that the negative stereotype given to private landlords in recent years by government contributes to the overall housing...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - now a trade union wants government action

A trade union has called on the government to “look at all forms of rent control” as a way of combatting...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Points-based system of rent controls demanded by activists

A points-based system of rent controls is being advocated by activists associated with a controversial pro-tenant group. Living Rent, which is calling...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned over rent controls - landlords will simply quit

A leading lettings industry figure is warning politicians that they risk shrinking the size of the private rental sector if they...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 EU returnees likely to be hit most be rent controls - claim

EU citizens returning to the UK following the disruptions of the pandemic and Brexit May be the biggest losers from rental...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Now trade unions join the call for urgent rent controls

Trade unions in Scotland are demanding that local council candidates sign a pledge to support “urgent” rent controls in that country. The...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Net Tightens On Airbnb - So What Next For Landlords?

Talk is getting louder about restrictions surrounding Airbnb and other short let platforms - and nowhere is the volume greater than...

19 March 2022

From: The Big Issues

Rental reform threat to economic growth, warns top expert

A veteran lettings agency chief says future economic growth in part of the UK is under threat from a radical reform...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords ditching Airbnb ahead of short-let restrictions - claim

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss wants rental reform - but landlords must be kept on-side

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer and more transparent - but...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting an Airbnb will require planning consent if council succeeds

Landlords wanting to let out via Airbnb and other short let platforms in Edinburgh will have to apply for planning consent...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords face fines of up to 36 months’ rent under government plans

A proposal that landlords be fined up to 36 months rent has been put forward in a consultation paper. The Scottish Government’s...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and EPCs - landlords urged to respond to consultation

A prominent country property expert has issued an urgent appeal to rural landlords to become involved in the consultation process which...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Social renters SIX TIMES less satisfied than private renters - survey

Six times as many social renters in one part of the UK are dissatisfied with their homes compared to private renters...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to apply for hardship grant if they have Covid debts

A local authority in Scotland is calling on private landlords to get in touch if they have suffered hardship as a...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition to rent controls voiced by chief of new super-agency

A senior figure in a newly-enlarged agency that wants to become a national force in lettings has thrown his weight behind...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Now Labour jumps on the bandwagon

Labour is the latest political party to call for rent controls following similar pleas from the Green Party and the Scottish Nationalists. Paul...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency backs landlords with sweeping attack on government

An agency has issued a statement standing shoulder-to-shoulder with landlords and rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - consultation opens for landlords and general public

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs call for rent controls and anti-eviction powers

Shelter has given what appears to be unconditional support to the SNP-Green proposals for reform of the private rental sector in...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets licensing schemes to start next year in Scotland

Councils north of the border will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of local...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Looming rent controls may be deterring landlords from buy to let

A leading market analyst says the looming threat of rent controls may be deterring landlords entering the buy to let sector,...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning over new smoke and CO alarm regulations

A warning has gone out to landlords with properties in Scotland regarding legislation coming into effect in early 2022. Trade association SELECT is...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents urge ‘gentle caution’ after political pledges

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark has made a very cautious approach to the Scottish Government over its strident pledge...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Renter Power! UK's first-ever Minister for Tenants' Rights appointed

The prospect of increased renters’ power has already been seen north of the border with the pledge to introduce rent controls...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls needed because tenants “pay way over the odds”

The UK’s first Minister for Tenants’ Rights says he will introduce rent controls because renters currently “pay way over the odds”. Although...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Here They Come: Rent controls to be introduced in part of the UK

Rent controls, possibly ensuring that rents do not exceed 25 per cent of household income, are poised to be introduced into...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Curbs on Airbnb and short lets “devastating” say critics

Proposals to impose strict controls on Airbnb and other short lets - including possibly requiring planning consent and licensing - will be...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New attack underway on rental and holiday homes

An estate agent in Scotland is warning that a new attack on the rental sector and holiday homes may be underway.  Jennifer...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on eight Airbnb landlords operating on the same street

Eight landlords letting flats on the same street have been banned from renting them out on Airbnb. The Edinburgh News website says...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords not the bad guys of the pandemic says industry figure

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry says landlords are not the bad guys of the pandemic, as some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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