Rarely does an issue come around in the world of housing policy which divides the sector so completely. At Shelter Scotland, we’re used to working with partners across the divide when policy issues unite us. But when necessary we’re not afraid to ask the difficult questions. So if the Scottish Government is on the cusp […]
The Scottish Government has made it a requirement on all private sector landlords to give tenants a copy of the Tenant Information Pack. We’ve launched Renting Scotland, a site for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector in Scotland.
Back in November, the law was clarified around the fees that letting agents and landlords charge to tenants. It is now absolutely clear that all fees including admin fees, reservation fees, fees for credit checks etc, were and remain illegal.
Thinking of becoming a landlord, or are you already renting out a property? Your legal rights and responsibilities can be a bit of a minefield. Instructing a letting agent can save you a lot of hassle in the long-run but if things go wrong it is often the landlord, rather than the letting agent, that […]
The Guardian published the story of Telan Stone a couple of weeks ago, and I would imagine like most viewers, I was saddened and appalled by her story. As an adviser on the Shelter Scotland helpline, we see snapshots of this despair every day. Too often, however, the misery of the individuals is lost in […]