Make Renting Right

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The private rented sector is changing

We need to make sure it suits the needs of the individuals and families who call it home:

  • Over half the student population (68%) live in the PRS whilst undertaking their studies.
  • 18% of homeless applications are from tenants who have left the PRS.
  • 26% of PRS households contain children.
  • One third of 16-34 year olds (33%) rent privately as per 2010 figures.

We need a more secure and stable private rented sector which is fit for purpose and which can adapt to a range of needs that work for both tenants and landlords.

About Shelter Scotland

We help over half a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place. We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

We believe that everyone has the right to a safe, secure, affordable home. We want to Make Renting Right by working with partners across Scotland to improve legislation and practice.

What’s happening now

We've been working for the past few years with partners across the sector to try and bring about changes to the private rented sector in Scotland. We have been part of a Scottish Government Advisory Group which has investigated the issues and has recommended that the time is right for a new tenancy for private renters.

You can read more about why we think there is a need for reform, in the policy paper The Case for Greater security in the PRS.

The Scottish Government held a consultation in Autumn 2014 on what a new tenancy in the private rented sector should be. You can read the Scottish Government's consultation.

We welcome the Scottish Government’s ambition for changes in the private rented sector but we recognise there are some crucial factors to be addressed to make sure we introduce the right tenancy to meet the needs of both landlords and tenants. You can read Shelter Scotland’s consultation response and the Scottish Government’s analysis of responses which was published in March 2015.

There is now a second Scottish Government consultation looking at the detail of the Bill which we expect to be introduced to the Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2015. We would encourage as many people as possible to respond to the consultation which closes on 10 May 2015.

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If you need any more information or want to get involved, please contact the Shelter Scotland Campaigns team with your details

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