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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 2014

Don't die for DIY

23 December 2014

New generation of ‘YouTube DIYers’ seek to add value to their homes – but overconfidence is putting Scottish home owners at risk

Glasgow PRS research

12 December 2014

Glasgow City Council has begun to email registered landlords this week asking them to participate in research to "improve their knowledge of the size, quality and role of private rented sector (PRS)".

News release: Don't be a Christmas Turkey

12 December 2014

Don’t be a Christmas Turkey: Tenants urged to get electrics checked

Stamp duty changes

04 December 2014

In his recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced changes to Stamp Duty which take immediate effect throughout the UK.

Joint policy position paper published

02 December 2014

A new tenancy for Scotland’s private rented sector – joint position paper

Report of the Smith Commission

01 December 2014

The report of the Smith Commission for Further Devolution to the Scottish Parliament has recently been published.

Consultation on Housing & Wellbeing

28 November 2014

SAL and the CLA have recently submitted responses to a consultation paper issued by the Commission on Housing & Wellbeing.

PRS tenure reform consultation

24 November 2014

The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals to reform the private rented sector (PRS) tenancy regime.

Introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks

20 November 2014

You may be aware the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced a mandatory requirement for electrical testing in privately rented properties.

New condensation factsheet

17 November 2014

At this time of year condensation can be a problem in many rental properties.

Statement responding to the Scottish Government announcement on rent levels

12 November 2014

Today SAL chief executive John Blackwood has responded to this news article,

National Landlord Day 2014 slides to download

04 November 2014

The speaker slides from National Landlord Day 2014 can now be downloaded via the links below.

Your Views Counted

04 November 2014

Over the course of 2014 the policy team at the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) conducted a number of surveys

National Landlord Day an opportunity to solve housing shortage

03 November 2014

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has said that National Landlord Day on 4 November presents an opportunity to tackle Scotland’s growing housing shortage by ensuring an effective Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland.

SAL & CLA respond to consultation on EU mortgage credit directive

31 October 2014

The UK government has recently sought views on legislative changes proposed to meet the requirements of the EU Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD).

Position paper on proposals for PRS tenure reform

31 October 2014

The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals to reform the tenancy regime.

New CLA policy group announced

23 October 2014

Building on the success of the first year of the Council of Letting Agents (CLA), SAL directors have agreed a new CLA policy group to focus on the future policy direction of the CLA.

Are you ready for winter?

23 October 2014

The Scottish Government has recently launched its annual Ready for Winter campaign which seeks to ensure that people in Scotland are prepared for severe weather.

Universal Credit consultations

22 October 2014

The UK Government are currently consulting on two aspects of Universal Credit: proposals.

Property tax change coming

16 October 2014

From 1st April 2015 property transactions in Scotland will be subject to Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) instead of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

SAL lends support to campaign against illegal evictions

14 October 2014

Launched this week the campaign aims to raise awareness of this rare, but serious issue.

Tenancy reform proposals published

06 October 2014

The Scottish Government has today launched its consultation on tenancy reform.

LAS training and legal updates coming up soon

24 September 2014

SAL sister organisation Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is running a variety of events over and above their programme of Core Standards training.

City of Edinburgh shared repairs

23 September 2014

The City of Edinburgh Council has engaged a consultancy firm to conduct a series of focus group meetings with stakeholder groups and individual property owners on proposals to introduce a new Shared Repairs Service.

Antisocial Behaviour Act consultation

18 September 2014

The Scottish Government is considering a number of suggestions for legislative change to The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 which would help improve the response to antisocial behaviour.

Students and parents warned to beware rogue letting agents

08 September 2014

To coincide with the start of Fresher’s Weeks’ across Scotland, the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) has released its “top tips” to help students spot rogue letting agents when finding private rented accommodation.

Press release: Letting Agents gather to drive rogue traders out of business.

05 September 2014

Leading letting agents from across Scotland gathered yesterday in Glasgow for the industry’s fourth dedicated conference to discuss the opportunities and issues faced by the sector.

The Agency Business conference

04 September 2014

Thank you to everyone, delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and staff who made our annual letting agent conference, The Agency Business, such a huge success.

Home Office announces pilot area for immigration scheme

03 September 2014

The Home Office has announced that the Landlord Right to Rent Checking Scheme will begin on 1st December in a pilot area in the West Midlands. The intention is then to roll it out nationwide next year.

Member survey results: Rents and tenure

26 August 2014

We recently asked landlord members to complete a survey.

Message from SAL chief executive

25 August 2014

With most people now returning from their summer breaks, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has been hard at work planning our campaign strategy for the autumn.

Implementation of the Immigration Act

18 August 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 introduced a requirement for landlords of private rental accommodation to conduct checks to establish that new tenants have the right to live in the UK.

HMRC toolkits and webinars in August

09 July 2014

HMRC has launched live webinars to help landlords and businesses.

SAL Tenancy Deposit Scheme survey results used by The Scotsman

07 July 2014

Thanks to members who took part in our recent survey.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme survey

02 July 2014

Thank you very much to members who took part in our recent tenancy deposit scheme survey.

CLA member business survey

30 June 2014

Thank you to all the CLA agent members who took part in the recent member business survey.

Landlords and agents welcome Housing (Scotland) Bill passing

26 June 2014

The final Housing Bill debate (stage 3) concluded in the Scottish Parliament yesterday evening and the Bill was passed approx 19.15 hrs.

Council of Letting Agents (CLA) in the press

25 June 2014

Our CLA was mentioned in several media articles today ahead of the Housing (Scotland) Bill debate.

Members emailed Housing (Scotland) Bill update

25 June 2014

The final Housing Bill debate (stage 3) concluded in the Scottish Parliament yesterday evening and the Bill was passed at approx 19.15 hrs.

Agents flood MSPs with letters

24 June 2014

MSPs have received over 200 emails and letters from Scottish letting agents in advance of tomorrow’s debate of the Housing (Scotland) Bill  as part of a campaign by the Council of Letting Agents (CLA).

News release: Agents support regulation

18 June 2014

Agents’ overwhelming call for more regulation

SAL lobbying: Housing Bill update

17 June 2014

SAL chief executive John Blackwood met this afternoon with Labour MSPs Mary Fee, James Kelly and Mark Griffin and also with Liberal Democrat spokesman on housing, Jim Hume.

Call to action: Protect your investment campaign (now ended)

17 June 2014


SAL lobbying: MSP meetings tomorrow

16 June 2014

Tomorrow John Blackwood, chief executive will be at Holyrood lobbying against proposed amendments by Labour MSPs.

CMA publishes consumer protection guidance for lettings industry

13 June 2014

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published comprehensive guidance for lettings professionals to help improve their understanding of, and compliance with, consumer protection law.

Changes to distance selling legislation

13 June 2014

From Friday 13 June 2014, changes took place to the legislation surrounding distance selling.

Housing Bill - lobbying success to report

13 June 2014

The Bill is now at stage 3. SAL and the CLA have been actively opposing proposed amendments to the Bill.

HMRC tax help for landlords

27 May 2014

HMRC have developed some tools to assist landlords with self assessment. Please see the links and details below:

Edinburgh landlords sought for focus group

27 May 2014

Can you help City of Edinburgh council to plan their new repairs enforcement service?

New Green Homes Cashback 2014

27 May 2014

A new phase of the Green Homes Cashback Scheme will launch 2 June.

Housing Bill stage 2 - lobbying success to report

22 May 2014

The Housing Bill has completed stage 2.

Reseach report published

19 May 2014

The Scottish Government have published a report following qualitative research undertaken among landlords and tenants.

The Immigration Act is now law

14 May 2014

The UK government’s Immigration Bill, which requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, received Royal Assent on 14th May.

Anti-social behaviour warning: press release

09 May 2014

Changes to Housing Bill would lead to antisocial behaviour, warns industry body.

Updated link from PRHP re smoke detection

07 May 2014

The Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) have sent out a link to their revised guidance for rental properties.

New policy manager

02 May 2014

The SAL team is delighted to welcome a new colleague on board. Caroline Elgar our new policy manager brings with her a wealth of experience from the lettings industry and will be a great asset to the organisation.

SAL hits back at Labour rent control plans

01 May 2014

The Scottish Association of Landlords opposes Labour plans for rent control, branding them unfair, anti-competitive and unnecessary.

English deposit scheme branded a waste of money

28 April 2014

Tenancy deposit schemes have come under attack in a new report by one of Britain’s most respected housing commentators.

Housing (Scotland) Bill - stage 1 report published

03 April 2014

The stage 1 report has now been published - see report here.

Scottish Power stop "no standing charge" tariffs

28 March 2014

Scottish Power no longer offer a "no standing charge" tariff which is costing some members a great deal of money in vacant properties. Members are alerted to watch out for this in void periods.

Choosing a letting agent?

28 March 2014

Members of the SAL Council of Letting Agents can be found on our member list which you can download from our website.

SAL lobbies Scottish Ministers about UK Immigration Bill

27 March 2014

SAL chief executive met yesterday with Alex Neill MSP and Humza Yousaf MSP

Help to Buy scheme extended in budget

18 March 2014

In advance of Wednesday’s annual budget speech, Chancellor George Osborne has already revealed that the new build section of the Help to Buy scheme will run until 2020, a four-year extension to its planned expiry in 2016.

New members forum on our website

06 March 2014

We are pleased to let members know that we are trialling a new website forum.

CLA parliamentary reception with ARLA and RICS

04 March 2014

MSPs heard directly from Council of Letting Agents' members at the recent "Letting Agents Promoting Best Practice" parliamentary reception

Housing Bill - CLA evidence transcript published

21 February 2014

Council of Letting Agents (CLA) convenor Kathleen Gell gave evidence on behalf of letting agent members, to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee on 5 February.

Tenant fees update

20 February 2014

There’s some interesting news to report, please continue to send in your experiences.

New Repairing Standard advice pack published

06 February 2014

New smoke detector requirements are now in place to meet the Repairing Standard.

CLA member update sent

03 February 2014

All members of the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) were emailed today with information about the CLA and it's progress.

West Lothian jam jar accounts

03 February 2014

West Lothian Credit Union offers ethical financial services to everyone living in West Lothian. 

Housing Bill briefing

31 January 2014

SAL policy team has published a briefing paper on the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Home report consultation response published

29 January 2014

The Scottish Government have recently undertaken a consultation on the Home Report.

Joint statement opposing Immigration Bill published

20 January 2014

Scotland's organisations working in the sectors of housing, health, migrants’ rights and with refugees have published a joint statement of concern around the proposals in the UK Government Immigration Bill

National Landlord Day 2013 photos online

10 January 2014

The photography from November's National Landlord Day has now been published online. 

Time to give your views on the new Housing Bill

10 January 2014

The Scottish Parliament is calling for views on the new Housing (Scotland) Bill. Now is the time to have your say on this Bill which will affect everyone letting property in Scotland.

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