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SAL regularly contributes on policy to other organisations as well as local, Scottish and UK government departments. We welcome and invite members to input into our policy positions on all aspects of private letting and related general housing matters.


Our Policy & Parliamentary Affairs department has been campaigning at the heart of the Scottish Parliament since our incorporation and has had numerous campaigning successes.

News & policy

News and policy updates appear here and are also emailed directly to members as they are announced. Members please make sure you inform us if your email address changes so that you don’t miss out on any bulletins (you can update your information under "Your Membership Details" once logged in). Occasionally over-zealous spam filters can send our emails into your junk or spam mail folders. To avoid this, please add the email address info@scottishlandlords.com to your contacts.

Most aspects of housing are devolved matters (i.e. the Holyrood government has responsibility for them) so SAL has an important role representing both landlords and agents (via our new Council of Letting Agents) on the many committees and forums that feed into policy. More information about this work please see the About section.

SAL also works at Westminster when required including representations on benefits, taxation and other issues reserved by the UK Government.

The Policy & Parliamentary Affairs team also has responsibility for liaison with Scotland's thirty two Local Authorities which are responsible for enforcement of much of Scotland's legislation affecting the private rented sector.


News archive 2010

Tenancy Deposits in Scotland

01 October 2010

SAL has long since campaigned against a Tenancy Deposit Scheme being introduced in Scotland on the grounds that introducing a scheme would be disproportionate to the need.

SAL consultation on Housing Bill (Scotland)

20 July 2010

SAL has gathered evidence from our membership for the consultation on the new Housing Bill.

Scottish Parliament asks SAL for report on Landlord Registration

19 April 2010

Members of the Local Government & Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament recently requested SAL to provide them with a briefing paper on Landlord Registration.

SAL lobbying Westminster on LHA

02 April 2010

The Work & Pensions Select Committee published its Fifth Report – Local Housing Allowance – on 22 March 2010.

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