Why we need to create a more secure future for Scotland’s private renters… It’s not just the growing number of people renting privately in Scotland that’s turning up the pressure for a change of culture within the sector, it’s also that the type of household relying on the sector is changing.
It’s always good to get feedback on the work you do. Over the last week or so I’ve been reflecting on some of the less favourable comments made about us, specifically, criticism of some of our current work on probationary tenancies and letting agencies.
Get the balloons out – this week is the first birthday of Shelter Scotland’s Reclaim Your Fees toolkit! The past year has seen over 2,300 tenants downloading our online toolkit to claim back unlawful fees charged to them by letting agents, with over £350,000 worth of claims made.
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.