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Scottish Government declares housing emergency

Yesterday the Scottish Government finally conceded that we have a housing emergency in Scotland – despite only a few months ago refusing to acknowledge the housing crisis. John Blackwood, SAL chief executive, has commented:”Is this a turning point for the...

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Compulsory owners’ associations

In March 2018, a Scottish Parliament working group was convened to explore what actions could be taken to improve the condition of Scotland’s tenements. The working group made a number of recommendations for changes in legislation and practice, including the...

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Parliament seeks views on Housing Bill

As we reported recently the government has published a Housing Bill to progress plans originally set out in its New Deal for Tenants consultation in 2021. For a summary of the proposals set out in the Bill see our news article here. The Scottish Parliament has now...

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Further changes to model lease

Due to government errors with the updating of its model lease at the start of April, further changes have been made to the lease wording. All the changes made to the lease since 31 March are highlighted in yellow in the lease template which you can download here....

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End of rent cap and eviction moratorium

The rent cap and eviction moratorium came to an end on 31 March 2024. A summary of what this means for landlords is set out below: Rent cap – as of 1 April 2024 landlords can propose an increase of any amount for tenants on private residential tenancy (PRT)...

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SAL in the media

Another busy week for John Blackwood, SAL chief executive, with the new Housing Bill being published on Thursday 27 March. Catch up via the links below: BBC News: Housing bill could create new rent control areas – 27 March Scottish Housing News: Rent controls and new...

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Buy-to-let market update – April 2024

By Doug Hall, director, 3mc Welcome to ‘Buy-to-let market’, a column aimed at providing you with recent criteria and product updates within the buy-to-let (BTL) lending markets. The information within this article is correct as at 27/03/2024. BTL market update:...

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New Housing Bill published

The government has today published a Housing Bill to progress plans originally set out in its New Deal for Tenants consultation in 2021. The Bill is proposed legislation which, if approved by MSPs, will become an Act of parliament. Typically it can take around 2 years...

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