New Tenancy Legislation Helps Protect the rights of Private Renters

Today ministers introduced new tenancy agreements with longer notice periods, indefinite security of tenure and minimal rent increases. 

Housing campaigners Shelter heralded the news as a 'new dawn' for the private renters sector. From today, anyone signing a lease in Scotland will have greater security as 'no-fault' evictions will be illegal. 

Rent increase will only be allowed once a year and only after providing tenants with three months’ written notice in advance. 

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “The private rental sector has grown substantially in recent years and now provides a place to call home for 760,000 people.

“This is the biggest change to the sector for a generation and will bring about significant improvements in private renting, benefiting both tenants and landlords.

“We want to ensure everyone has a safe and warm place to call home. The new tenancy sits alongside our wider ambitions for housing in Scotland- not least our ambitious commitment to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes during this Parliament, including that for rent.”

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We have campaigned passionately for 10 years now for reform of private renting, ending with our Make Renting Right campaign, which had extensive support from the public and local and national politicians. We are delighted that all those voices were listened to and we support today’s changes in the law.

“Shelter Scotland is pleased to be working with the Scottish Government on a major awareness raising campaign to ensure everyone involved in private renting- from tenants and landlords to letting agents and housing professionals- understand their new rights and responsibilities.”

Source: Scottish Gov. 

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