SAL & the CLA in the media: PRS market “lacking supply”

2
Feb

See below for some good media coverage today for our survey which indicates that the Scottish private rental market  is “lacking supply”.

Online coverage links:

BBC news
STV news
Galloway Gazette (Press Association)
International Business Times
Scottish Housing News
Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Press cuttings:

The Scotsman – Call to build more homes for rent
The Sun
– Tenants’ home hell
Daily Record – Landlords beg for help
The Courier – Rental struggles revealed
Evening Times – Scots struggle to get housing says new poll
The National – Report shows rental issues

Full press release: 
Poll shows shortage of Scottish private rental accommodation

Over 40% of people who have tried to find private rented accommodation in Scotland in the last five years have found it difficult to do so according to a new poll published today.

The poll found that 23% of respondents had tried to find accommodation in the PRS in the previous five years and, out of those people, 43% had found it “Quite Difficult” or “Very Difficult” to find a suitable property.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and the Council of Letting Agents (CLA), who jointly commissioned the poll, believes the figures indicate a shortage of supply in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) which is likely to become worse in the coming years.

SAL and the CLA, representing landlords and lettings agents across Scotland, would like to see the Scottish Government address this shortage by creating an environment which encourages investment in the PRS, whilst driving up standards and ensuring value for money for tenants.

John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords said: “Although the PRS in Scotland sometimes has a poor reputation, this poll shows that significant number of people are trying to access the market and that many of them are not able to find suitable accommodation.”

“We are acutely aware of the need to introduce measures which protect tenants from poor treatment by landlords and letting agents and will work with all parties to drive these rogue companies and Landlords out of the sector.  At the same time, however, it is important to take measures which encourage investment in the PRS.”

“Landlords and letting agents must be given the confidence to invest in the housing sector as well as be encouraged to refurbish properties and make them available for rent.  They needed to be able to evict tenants who indulge in anti-social behaviour or repossess properties that have been abandoned to so that properties can be let to responsible tenants looking for accommodation and help meet the increased demand.”

—ENDS—

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Graeme Downie on 07973 300 184 or at graeme.downie@orbit-comms.co.uk

About the poll

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Progressive Partnership.  Total sample size was 1006 adults. The survey was carried out online between 12th January and 16th January 2015. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 16+).

Further methodological detail can be provided on request.

Respondents were asked: “To what extent has finding suitable private rented accommodation in Scotland been easy or difficult for you in the past five years?”  This followed a pre-qualification question, “Have you looked to rent private-rented accommodation in the last five years?”.  The full results were:

Net Difficult    43.10%
Net Easy    42.10%

About Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL)

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

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.

Convenor Amanda Wiewiorka leads the group and represents agents on the SAL National Council which feeds into the overall policy position of the organisation.