National Landlord Day an opportunity to solve housing shortage

3
Nov

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) the parent body of the Council of Letting Agents has said that National Landlord Day on 4 November presents an opportunity to tackle Scotland’s growing housing shortage by ensuring an effective Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland.

As landlords from across Scotland gather for an event in Edinburgh, top of the agenda will be ensuring the Scottish Government’s Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector[1] helps tackles the growing national housing shortage by encouraging investment, increasing standards and guaranteeing choice in the PRS.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), represents over 1800 landlords across the country and the National Landlord Day event is heading for a sell-out with 350 people expected to attend at a critical time as figures show that Scotland needs 20,000 more houses each year.

In order to help tackle this problem, SAL believe the new Tenancy Agreement must encourage landlords to invest in the sector by:

Simplifying paperwork and procedures for starting and ending tenancies
Ensuring that no restrictions are placed on the ability of landlords to end tenancies
Making sure that landlords can achieve a market rent for their property both at the start of a tenancy and thereafter.

In helping to shape their response, SAL has worked in partnership with the Council of Letting Agents (CLA), and Shelter Scotland to organise a series of roundtable discussions between their members and stakeholders which will inform each organisations responses to the Scottish Government consultation.

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of SAL said:  “Many people choose to rent from a private landlord or letting agent because it allows them to live in a property or area they otherwise might not be able to.  Renting in the private sector also allows families to be flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances of modern life.

“It is critical that we work together to encourage investment in all types of housing in Scotland and protect the Private Rented Sector whilst continuing to increase standards in the industry and guarantee choice.”

“Whilst we obviously disagree on some details about the proposed new tenancy, we are working together to make the new tenancy as practical and effective as possible.”

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said:  “The Scottish Government is committed to working together with all stakeholders – including tenants, landlords and their representative bodies – to continue to improve the private rented sector in Scotland and we very much welcome the contribution that conferences, such as National Landlord Day, make to the wider dialogue.”

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Notes to Editors

An interview with John Blackwood is available online at http://youtu.be/jyk4TseCHaI.  The audio and video can be used by broadcasters as they see fit.

The National Landlord Day event will take place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on 4 November 2014.  Journalists and crews are free to attend and interviews and filming can be arranged for the day.

For more information or to arrange interviews at the National Landlord Day event, contact Catherine McWilliam on 07557 796 578 or at catherine.mcwilliam@orbit-comms.co.uk

About the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) -www.scottishlandlords.com/

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 (LAS), offers our members the opportunity to meet locally and learn from each other’s 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.

About the Council of Letting Agents – www.counciloflettingagents.com/

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA) represents Scotland’s leading letting agents. It is the largest professional association of its kind in Scotland and is at the head of the lettings industry.

The CLA represents the collective opinion of our member letting agents and we encourage all our members to feed in by email or phone. Landlords and agents are in the same industry, so we believe working together as much as possible as equal parts of SAL, the leading trade body in the country, makes us all stronger.

The CLA policy position is led by a group of five agent members, appointed by the SAL board of directors in October 2014, for a one year term. This group is building on the work undertaken during 2013-14 by the initial wider steering group which successfully spearheaded the first year of the CLA. The group is chaired by SAL director Amanda Wiewiorka.

[1] http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/10/9702