Landlords urged to back campaign against damaging rental housing policies in Scotland 
By |Published On: 6th April 2023|

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Landlords urged to back campaign against damaging rental housing policies in Scotland 

By |Published On: 6th April 2023|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Landlords are being encouraged to back a campaign to challenge policies that are damaging the private rented sector in Scotland.

It follows a decision by the Scottish Government to develop a rent freeze and ban on repossessions in the private rented sector without a proper consultation with stakeholders.

The campaign, led by a coalition of organisations from across the UK’s private rented sector, has launched an online crowdfunding campaign page to fund a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s policies. They are seeking to prevent the measures being extended beyond the legal cut-off date of 20th September 2023. The campaign group includes the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), PropertyMark and Scottish Land and Estates (SLE).

The Scottish Government’s restrictions have been widely criticised. Most notably, Paul Stallan, who co-designed the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village in Glasgow has warned that they are “a blunt instrument” which are now “proving to be damaging” to investment in the homes to rent many people need. 

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has similarly warned that the rent cap will “undermine tenants’ housing outcomes”, by choking off the supply of homes available to rent.  

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA, comments: “Renters across Scotland are being hit by policies which undermine the supply of the very homes they need.  It is deeply worrying that such damaging and short-sighted policies can be developed without proper consultation with stakeholders. 

“I urge all those wanting sensible policy that works for both renters and responsible landlords to support the campaign.”

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), comments: “Our job is to stand up for our members and to represent their views.

“Over the years we have been able to do that in a constructive manner with the Scottish Government and, as a result, have secured changes which have improved the private rented sector in Scotland.

“However, arbitrary rent freezes and eviction bans discriminate against private landlords, reduce investment and harm both landlords and tenants, while making it harder to solve Scotland’s housing crisis.

“With pressure being placed on landlords by governments throughout the UK, now more than ever, landlords all over the country need to work together in ensuring our voice is heard.”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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