News

11
Sep

In the media

Articles of interest to letting agents in the media this week:   Scottish Housing News - Regulator seeks feedback on early ideas for new appeals process - September 4 Arbroath Herald - Landlord reports released for angus - September 5 Scotsman - Holyrood’s rent control plan ‘may hit investment’ - September 6 Scottish Housing News - Scottish housing associations to agree practical …

4
Sep

In the media

Articles of interest to letting agents in this week’s media:  Inside Housing - Scottish private rented sector doubles in size - August 28 The Courier - £2 million paid out in Dundee to ease ‘bedroom tax’ pain - August 29 Daily Mail - Rate rise fear for buy-to-let landlords - August 29 Property 118 - A level playing field between homeowners and …

3
Sep

Coverage for the response to Programme for Government

Scottish Housing News – Scottish landlords criticise treasury over tax changes – 1 September Scottish Housing News: Sturgeon reveals plans for rent controls with new Private Tenancies Bill –  2 September Property118 – SAL Response to First Ministers Legislative Statement – 2 September The National – The eight Bills that will start the decade – 2 September …

1
Sep

Response to First Minister’s Programme for Government

Responding to the First Minister’s Programme for Government delivered to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, John Blackwood, Chief Executive of Scottish Association of Landlords, said: “SAL understands the pressure for legislative action to improve the current rental regime in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and has been working closely with Scottish Ministers, as well as the charitable …

31
Aug

Scottish Landlords criticise Treasury over tax changes

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), representing 30,000 private landlords across Scotland, England and Wales, are working together to campaign against Government changes that could see rents rise and leave tenants facing homelessness. An e-petition opposing the Government’s Summer Budget Proposals to change tax relief on finance charges for …

31
Aug

“Education begins with homes” landlords and letting agents tell students

Students should demand “simple and transparent” service from landlords and letting agents As university and college students move in to new accommodation across Scotland, landlords and letting agents are urging people to educate themselves about the service they should expect and how to spot rogue operators. Students, especially those with no prior renting experience, are …

28
Aug

In the media

Articles of interest to letting agents this week: Financial Times – Landlords face £5,000 bill for Home Office enforced evictions – August 21 The Telegraph – Death of buy-to-let: landlords wake up to Osborne’s 150 pc tax – August 22 York Press – Rogue housing landlords may face 5,000 fines under new crackdown in York …

21
Aug

In the media

Articles of interest to letting agents this week:    East Lothian Courier: Council backing rent reform campaign – 16th August Letting Agent Today: 10% of landlords have problems getting a mortgage – 17th August Scottish Housing News: Living rent campaign’s call for rent controls gains momentum – 17th August Herald Scotland: Agenda: Rent controls are …

14
Aug

In the media

Articles of interest: Student Association University of the West of Scotland: Mhairi Black joins Students in calling for rent controls – 8 August Edinburgh Evening News: Former Sheep Heid landlord to stand for Holyrood – 8 August ExecReview: Rogue landlords and letting agents to get stiffer fines in rental market shakeup – 8 August Scotsman: …

7
Aug

In the media

Coverage:                                                                                                                        Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald: “Landlords boss hits back at Kilwinning councillor’s housing benefit ‘subsidy’ attack” – 4 August BBC Radio Scotland: John Beattie Show (16:50 mins in) – 4 August The National: Public backs private rental sector reforms – 6 August  Articles of interest: Telegraph: Why the new tax on buy-to-let is deeply unfair …