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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 2012

Lets with Pets

19 December 2012

New resource published by Dogs Trust for SAL members

SG funded benefits pilot support for vulnerable groups

13 December 2012

The Scottish Government has awarded £230,000 to three Council-led pilot projects to help mitigate the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms.

Landlord energy efficiency incentives

13 December 2012

The Scottish Government is offering private sector landlords up to £500 towards energy efficiency measures in rental properties and up to £500 per property towards new appliances.

SAL to launch letting agent division in Spring 2013

07 December 2012

Following a recent board meeting, SAL directors are pleased to announce that SAL intends to launch a letting agent division that will focus on campaigning for and supporting letting agents in Scotland.

New address for SAL

30 November 2012

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has moved office.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme deadline

16 November 2012

The deadline for most deposits to be lodged in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) was 13 November 2012. 

New phone number reminder

08 November 2012

The Scottish Association of Landlords phone number is now 0131 564 0100. .

Landlords reject Government's welfare reforms

06 November 2012

Landlords in the private rented sector have roundly rejected the Government’s welfare reform plans for housing benefit, and point to a lack of housing in the sector to cope with the Government’s changes.

PRS Strategy consultion findings published

17 October 2012

Consultation on a strategy for the Private Rented Sector:  Consultation Analysis Report Publication

Clarification on data for TDS

11 October 2012

Several  of our member agents have called the SAL helpline to check the legal requirements for sharing their landlord client’s contact data with Tenancy Deposit Scheme providers.

Private Rented Sector Strategy Group

10 October 2012

Link to minutes of the PRS Strategy group

Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011

02 August 2012

The Code of Conduct for property factors has now been published in its final form on the Scottish Government's website.

Grants and offers from Energy Saving Scotland

05 July 2012

Get switched on with Energy Saving Scotland’s free service and start saving today!

SAL and RLA link up to extend member services

02 July 2012

For SAL members also letting in England & Wales, a new service is available to give access to the relevant advice and documents from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

New Short Assured Tenancy documents for members

28 June 2012

A new model Short Assured Tenancy template document and usage guidelines for it are now available for member use.

Tenancy Deposit Schemes

11 April 2012

A Tenancy Deposit scheme will start on 2 July 2012

PRS Fees consultation

03 April 2012

Scottish Government consultation on tenant fees

EPC changes?

22 March 2012

A few members have contacted us hearing about changes to the EPC process that will be introduced in England in early April. 


Tenant information pack consultation

27 February 2012

Scottish Government consultation on what a tenant information pack should include

Self assessment deadline extended

27 January 2012

Online tax return deadline pushed back to 2 February

Housing benefit: changes to age for Shared Room Rate

01 January 2012

SAL has previously contacted members with reference to proposed changes to Housing Benefit including changes to the rules that apply to most single people living in self-contained accommodation.


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