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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 2011

Tenancy Deposit Schemes consultation

13 December 2011

The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 came into force in March this year. 

Consortium bid for Scottish tenancy deposits

21 November 2011

A powerful consortium of Scottish landlord and tenant organisations has announced a bid to run a tenancy deposit protection scheme in Scotland through a new not-for-profit company, SafeDeposits Scotland Ltd.

New boiler scrappage funding round

09 November 2011

The Scottish Government has recently announced a new round of funding for a boiler scrappage scheme for private sector landlords.

National Landlord Day 2011

08 November 2011

National Landlord Day 2011 was a very special event, celebrating a decade of success for SAL.

New private rented sector strategy group established

21 September 2011

The Scottish Government has established a Private Rented Sector Strategy Group with the goal of putting in place a strategic plan for the development of private rented housing over the next ten years. 

Cabinet post for housing announced

19 May 2011

Housing in Scotland has been given a cabinet position by the SNP, with Alex Neil remaining in the brief

Scottish Elections May 2011 candidate responses

02 May 2011

The SAL policy team has has been busy compiling responses from your local candidates for the Scottish Parliament elections on 5 May.

Scotland's census for rental properties

24 March 2011

Members will no doubt be aware that Scotland’s Census 2011 took place on Sunday 27 March 2011.

Private Rented Housing Bill passed

17 March 2011

The Scottish Parliament today passed the Private Rented Housing Bill as expected in the last few days of this Parliament.

Tenancy Deposit scheme regulations published

24 January 2011

The Scottish Government has today published the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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