Security for tenants whilst protecting investment

26
May

Organisations representing landlords and letting agents in Scotland will today ask the Scottish Government to ensure forthcoming legislation provides more security and improved standards for tenants whilst also protecting investment in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland.

At a meeting with Scottish Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP, representatives from the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and Council of Letting Agents (CLA) will ask the Minister to reconsider measures such as longer tenancies and extended mandated notice periods to give tenants more security, but will argue that rent controls and the elimination of the “no fault” clause will be counter-productive.

The discussion comes following the end of a Scottish Government consultation on legislation expected to be laid before the Scottish Parliament in the autumn which will propose a new rental regime for the sector.

At the same meeting, SAL and CLA will present the Minister with a petition of over 3500 signatures urging the Scottish Government and MSPs to balance the need to protect tenants with supporting investment in the PRS to tackle Scotland’s growing housing crisis.

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of SAL said: “There is a surprising amount of consensus between landlords and letting agents, housing charities and the Scottish Government about the need to balance the provision of security of tenure for tenants whilst, at the same time, ensuring the private rented sector in Scotland can grow and flourish.”

“There is also agreement that the private rented sector has a crucial role to play in tackling Scotland’s housing crisis, alongside additional house-building and an increase in social housing provision.”

“As an industry, we fully support measures which will help find this balance but do not believe measures like rent controls or ending the ‘no fault’ clause will achieve this.  We would urge the Scottish Government to reconsider additional protections for tenants without harming investment in the private rented sector.”

Notes to Editors

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

About the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) – https://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 Agentshttp://www.counciloflettingagents.com/

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA) is the specialist wing of the Scottish Association of Landlords representing 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.