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08 May 2024
End Scotland's housing emergency

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister, John Swinney following his appointment on 7 May as leader of the Scottish National Party, to end the housing crisis across the country.

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07 May 2024
Distaste for rent controls in Wales

The Summary of Responses to the Green Paper Call for Evidence on Securing a Path towards Adequate Housing Including Fair Rents and Affordability has been published, which showed an aversion to rent controls being implemented as a long-term measure, a view shared by Propertymark.

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29 Nov 2023
Rent control fears drive cost increases

The average rent for a two-bedroom home in Scotland has increased by over 14%, reaching an average of £841 – an extra £105 per month compared to the previous year – as landlords try to cover increasing costs and prepare for the impact of new legislation.

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02 Nov 2023
Decision published in Cost of Living legal challenge

Today, 2 November 2023, the Opinion of the Hon Lord Harrower was released on Propertymark’s joint Judicial Review Petition, alongside the Scottish Association of Landlords and Scottish Land & Estates, that challenged the Scottish Government’s rent control and eviction ban under the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022.

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23 Oct 2023
Second reading debate hangs in the balance 

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP reiterated the tone of the UK Government’s response to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, published Friday 20 October, with repeated references to balancing the needs of tenants and landlords in the progress of the Renters (Reform) Bill through the UK parliament.

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13 Oct 2023
Controls will not result in adequate housing and fair rents for Wales

Without introducing measures that tackle tenant demand and landlord costs, property standards will reduce, landlords will leave the sector and rents will rise. This has been evidenced when rent controls have been implemented across Europe and the United States and is currently the case in Scotland.

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05 Sep 2023
Not a fairer deal for everyone in the housing sector

Scotland's First Minister, Humza Yousaf, MSP, renewed the commitment to introducing long-term rent controls and new tenant rights under the Scottish Housing Bill, set to be enacted in 2024, plus, under the current cost-of-living measure, emergency rent caps and a moratorium on evictions will remain in place until 31 March 2024.

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08 Aug 2023
Tribunal decisions reflect increasing rental prices

Landlords could have asked for more in nearly 30% of rent increase cases, according to research into English First-Tier Tribunal decisions in the second quarter of 2023.

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09 Jul 2023
Propertymark reiterate concerns over extension to Cost of Living legislation

Continued rising costs for landlords that impact increasing rent levels for tenants and the mismatch between supply and demand are exacerbated by the ongoing regulations.

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09 Jun 2023
Payment options for tenants consultation

Following the enactment of Sections 1-6 of the Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 in April 2023, the Department for Communities outlined they'd be consulting on Sections 7-12 and have now opened a survey on Section 12 that gives the Department power to make regulations to ensure a private landlord offers a choice of payment to a tenant.

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07 Jun 2023
Securing the right path to adequate and affordable housing in Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a Green Paper Consultation seeking views and evidence to help them understand the rental market, in particular, what factors influence landlord behaviour in setting rents and taking on tenants and what tenants consider is an affordable and adequate property.

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01 Jun 2023
Cost of Living Regulations extended again

The Scottish Government has announced today that they intend to extend the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act Regulations beyond 30 September 2023 for an additional six months.

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17 May 2023
Devastating impact cost of living legislation having on the PRS

Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights, has again asked Propertymark to provide evidence on the controversial Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022. For the third time, we surveyed members in Scotland and were unsurprised to see the disturbing effect that is taking place.

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10 May 2023
Judicial Review hearing evidence

Propertymark’s joint action with the Scottish Association of Landlords and Scottish Land and Estates was heard in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Scotland’s highest civil court, on Thursday 4 May 2023.

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06 Apr 2023
Campaign against damaging rental housing policies

Following the Scottish Government’s decision to develop a rent cap and moratorium on evictions without proper consultation, Propertymark, along with the Scottish Association of Landlords and Scottish Land and Estates, are challenging these policies in court and encouraging letting agents and landlords to pledge their support.

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09 Mar 2023
Cost of Living Regulations extended in Scotland

MSPs voted to approve the amendment to the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 Act which means from 1 April 2023, the rent cap for private sector tenancies will increase to 3%. The extension to the pause on evictions will carry on until 30 September 2023 with the option to extend for another six-month period if required.

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