Established in 2001 having developed from various local groupings of landlords and letting agents, the Scottish Association of Landlords quickly grew to be the largest and only dedicated national landlords organisation representing landlords and agents throughout Scotland. Through our fourteen local branches and with members from Shetland to Stranraer, the organisation has strong links with Scottish local authorities and actively campaigns at local and national level on behalf of members. Our acclaimed training programme, delivered through sister organisation Landlord Accreditation Scotland, offers our members the opportunity to meet locally and learn from each others experience as well as gaining knowledge from some of the country’s most experienced industry trainers.
Policy, lobbying and campaigning has been an important aspect of SAL’s work since our inception. Our Policy & Parliamentary Affairs department works at the heart of government in the Scottish Parliament, as well as Westminster where relevant, with most of housing matters devolved to Holyrood.
In response to the significant growth in numbers of letting agent members the Council of Letting Agents (or CLA) was set up in early 2013 as a separate wing of the organisation, to directly represent and promote the interests of letting agents in Scotland. The CLA ‘voice’ represents the collective opinion of our member letting agents and it is acknowledged that at times this may differ to that of the interests of landlord members of SAL. The CLA can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
SAL successfully lobbied for a Cross Party Group on Housing and SAL was proud to act as the secretariat for many years. We continue to take an active role in the group, representing the private rented sector in Scotland. This group has one of the highest number of member MSPs of any Cross Party Group (CPG). The CPG Housing is convened by Margaret McDougall MSP. At the Group, MSPs take the opportunity to question SAL and other housing specialists on private renting in Scotland as well as a variety of other housing related topics.
The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is a run as a limited company and managed by a board of six directors elected on a rolling basis by the membership at the AGM. The board joins local branch representatives from the fourteen local branches to meet regularly as the SAL National Council, ensuring that the views of members from all over the country inform the SAL business plan, policies, partnerships and activities.