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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 2013

Agent challenges fees case

16 December 2013

Some letting agents might already be aware of the efforts by one of our members, Letting Solutions Ltd in West Lothian, to challenge in court a claim against them for the return of agency fees charged to a tenant.

CLA consultation response to OFT guidance

10 December 2013

Members will be aware from SAL communications, that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in October published a document called "Draft guidance for letting professionals".

Landlords Green Appliance Scheme change

03 December 2013

The Energy Saving Trust have informed us that the Landlord Green Appliance Scheme entered "Phase 2" today.

The Repairing Standard: Advice pack for landlords

28 November 2013

The Scottish Government has today published revised guidance on The Repairing Standard including information on smoke and fire detectors.

Huge response from agent members to new code

27 November 2013

Agents show that they back higher standards and support their new Council of Letting Agents (CLA) by signing up to be part of the CLA.

New Housing Bill for Scotland

26 November 2013

The Scottish Government has recently published the much talked about Housing (Scotland) Bill which covers both private and social housing.

CLA meets with MSPs

21 November 2013

Members of the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) steering group have been meeting with elected members of the Scottish Parliament, representing SAL letting agent members and their concerns.

SAL YouTube channel launched

14 November 2013

SAL today launched our new YouTube channel.

Full programme announced for National Landlord Day 2013

27 October 2013

The SAL conference team have unveiled the full details of the programme for our annual National Landlord Day conference and exhibition on Tuesday 12 November.

Immigration bill: Home Office letter

15 October 2013

The Home Office has written to respondents to their consultation, including SAL. 

SAL partners Property Tribes

15 October 2013

Property Tribes and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) have announced a new link up between the two companies today.

Mortgage tracker rates hike

15 October 2013

Was it your understanding that interest rates on lifetime tracker mortgages or reversion tracker rates can only vary when the base rates moves?

CLA launch conference calls for electrical safety standards

10 October 2013

The Council of Letting Agents has today called for better electrical safety standards in Scotland's privately rented properties.

Energy efficiency legislation for rental property?

01 October 2013

Many landlords are hearing about changes in energy efficiency measures in England and Wales and not clear as to how these affect landlords in Scotland.

New building standards for CO alarms

25 September 2013

The Scottish Association of Landlords takes seriously the provision of advice to our members about private rented sector safety.

SAL Council of Letting Agents welcomes new body

20 September 2013

The largest group of letting agents in Scotland, the Council of Letting Agents welcomes the new group LetScotland. 

Public bookings open for National Landlord Day

20 September 2013

National Landlord Day is the biggest annual gathering of landlords in the UK.

SAL and our Council of Letting Agents (CLA)

12 September 2013

In response to the significant growth in numbers of letting agent members the Council of Letting Agents (or CLA) was set up in early 2013. 

Edinburgh landlord ordered to pay tenants in landmark deposits case

07 September 2013

Edinburgh Sheriff court case ruling announced yesterday.

Aberdeen City decides against HMO "overprovision policy"

06 September 2013

Following lobbying by the SAL policy team and local SAL members we’re pleased to report success for this work.

SAL Council of Letting Agents meets Scottish Government

05 September 2013

The newly formed Council of Letting Agents (CLA) steering group met for the first time yesterday.

Immigration bill response published

22 August 2013

SAL has published our response to the UK government consultation on the proposed requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants, which we oppose. 

Welfare reform experiences requested

21 August 2013

Confused by welfare reform and how it affects you as a private landlord?

New CLA convenor announced

17 June 2013

SAL directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Gell as convenor of the newly formed Council of Letting Agents (CLA).

Edinburgh HMO carpeting issue

27 May 2013

The CEC HMO "Proactive Impact Noise Standard - Update May 2013.

Green Homes Cashback Scheme

27 May 2013

Private sector letting contacts for Energy Saving Scotland plus overview of new Green Homes Cashback Scheme.

New Council of Letting Agents launched

14 May 2013

At the SAL AGM today directors announced their intention to launch the new Council of Letting Agents (CLA).

MSP supports SAL to slam negative generalisations on PRS

09 May 2013

Scottish Conservative Housing Spokesman Alex Johnstone has slammed the language employed by housing charity Shelter in its latest press release which called for letting agents to be regulated.

Scottish landlords left in doubt after Queen’s Speech

09 May 2013

SAL has noted with interest the implication of landlords checking the immigration status of their tenants as outlined in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech.

SAL says Shelter campaign misses the point

07 May 2013

SAL chief executive John Blackwood criticises Shelter's 'cowboy' letting agent campaign.

Landlords urged to beat deposit deadline

07 May 2013

Over half of deposits for private tenancies in Scotland may not yet have been paid into a legally required tenancy deposit protection scheme – with just one week to go until the final deadline to sign up.

New tenant pack to improve private rented sector

01 May 2013

Scottish Government Press release : Landlords have legal duty to provide pack

Deposits: one month to final deadline

15 April 2013

One month to go - last chance call to landlords to sign up to deposit scheme before final deadline

National Landlord Day 2013 date announced

05 April 2013

The largest landlord conference in the UK will take place on Tuesday 12 November 2013

Research shows worrying low levels of awareness of TDS

21 March 2013

New research showing “worryingly” low numbers of Scots aware of deposit scheme deadline prompts call for landlord sign-up

Direct numbers for SAL members

01 March 2013

We have arranged for SAL members interested in energy efficiency incentives to have access to direct numbers as below.

Conference photography online

10 February 2013

We're glad to announce that the photos are all available online now

Tenant Information Pack

04 February 2013

Last week the tenant information pack regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament.  Subject to Parliamentary procedure, these requirements will apply from 1 May 2013. 

Argyll & Bute invitation

28 January 2013

Private Rented Sector Housing in Argyll & Bute:
Invitation to a Stakeholders’ Workshop, February 2013

SAL welcomes Cross Party Group on Housing for 2013

24 January 2013

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is proud to continue to act as the Secretariat of the Cross Party Group on Housing in the Scottish Parliament in 2013.

Landlord registration branded a costly farce

20 January 2013

A multi-million pound scheme introduced to crack down on rogue landlords has resulted in only 11 people being reported to the procurator fiscal in two years.

EPC rating for letting adverts

09 January 2013

From 9 January 2013 the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of your property should be included in your To Let advertisements.

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