26 May 2015
BBC Radio Scotland – Good Morning Scotland – 26 May (listen from 1:50:10)
STV – Landlords voice concerns over changes to Scots rental sector – 26 May
The Herald – Minister urged to say no to rent control clauses – 26 May
Scottish Housing News – Landlords call for PRS legislation to safeguard tenants whilst protecting investment – 26 May
SAL and the CLA meet with Housing and Welfare Minister, Margaret Burgess MSP
On Tuesday SAL chief executive John Blackwood and Council of Letting Agents (CLA) policy group member Mike Campbell met with Margaret Burgess MSP to discuss our collective concerns about tenancy reform and the possibility of rent controls being imposed on the private rented sector in Scotland. John Blackwood also presented to the Minister our e-petition which, to date, had received over 3500 signatures.
This meeting marked an important stage in the discussions that SAL and the CLA have been holding with the Scottish Government over the last few months. Negotiations with the Minister and other MSPs underline our committment in the coming months to represent the concerns outlined in both our e-petition and consultation responses. Representing the views of our landlord and letting agent members is central to our work at SAL and the CLA and we are delighted that the Scottish Government is willing to acknowledge our concerns.
Whilst we accept that public pressure is mounting to grant security of tenure to tenants and introduce some form of rent control, SAL and the CLA are committed to continue to lobby elected members for a balance to be struck between the rights of landlords and tenants.
Our concerns have been well reported in the media, on radio and in print, ensuring that SAL and the CLA is leading the way in representing the interests of our industry.