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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 2015

Letting agent registration delay

21 December 2015

Scottish Government announces delay to letting agent registration and first tier tribunal

In the media - 18 December

18 December 2015

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Report on reform of council tax published

17 December 2015

Earlier this year the government established the Commission on Local Tax Reform to look at Scotland's system of local taxation.

Response to Scottish Budget Statement

16 December 2015

 SAL response to Budget Statement

LBTT increase for landlords: SAL response

16 December 2015

SAL responds to LBTT increase for landlords in Scottish budget statement.

In the media - 11 December

11 December 2015

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Glasgow publishes research report on role of PRS

09 December 2015

Last year Glasgow City Council commissioned a research study on the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in meeting housing need in the city.

In the media - 3 December

03 December 2015

 Landlords in the news and other articles of interest

New safety rules from 1 Dec - act now!

01 December 2015

From 1 December all privately rented properties in Scotland which contain carbon emitting appliances must have carbon monoxide detectors fitted.

New and updated member incentives published

01 December 2015

SAL is working hard on our members' behalf to negotiate some great deals from suppliers.
 

In the media - 27 November

27 November 2015

 Landlords in the news and other articles of interest

Tax change receives royal assent

25 November 2015

The Finance Bill 2015, which contained proposals to restrict finance interest relief for private landlords, received royal assent on 18th November 2015.

In the media

20 November 2015

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Aberdeen HMO consultation

20 November 2015

Aberdeen City Council has recently conducted a public consultation on the level of HMO provision within the city.

SAL & CLA respond to letting agent consultation

18 November 2015

The Scottish Government has recently conducted a public consultation on draft wording for a code of practice and training requirement for letting agents.

SAL and CLA give evidence on Tenancies Bill

16 November 2015

SAL and the CLA gave oral evidence to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment (ICI) Committee on 11th November.

In the media

13 November 2015

 Landlords in the media and other stories of interest

SAL gives evidence to finance committee deliberating tax changes

12 November 2015

As part of the SAL campaign against changes to finance interest relief, we gave evidence to the UK Government finance committee ahead of their consideration of the Summer Finance Bill in October.

Amendments made to guidance on electrical checks

10 November 2015

In response to concerns raised by SAL on the definition of portable appliances and treatment of brand new appliances, the Scottish Government has made amendments to its statutory guidance on electrical safety check requirements.

In the media

06 November 2015

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Make homes warmer this winter

04 November 2015

Call Home Energy Scotland for free impartial advice and support - available to all.

New SAL publication: YOUR views, OUR policy

03 November 2015

Over the course of the past year we have asked our members to take action.

New Legislation could “drastically limit” ability to tackle anti-social behaviour, say landlords

03 November 2015

Landlords face difficulties tackling anti-social behaviour

In the media

30 October 2015

 Landlords and letting agents in the media and articles of interest.

Tenancy reform bill: call to action

21 October 2015

As we reported recently, the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill 2015 has now been published.

In the media

16 October 2015

 Landlords and letting agents in the media and articles of interest.

In the media

09 October 2015

 This week's articles and news stories of interest to landlords in the media 

Response to Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

08 October 2015

Responding to the publication today by the Scottish Government of the
Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords said:

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill letter to members

08 October 2015

Chief executive John Blackwood wrote to all SAL members today following the publication of the bill.

Disappointment for landlords as Treasury responds to industry concerns on tax changes

08 October 2015

SAL has been working closely with the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Landlords warn: “Don’t demonise private rented sector”

05 October 2015

 Statement in advance of Private Tenancies Bill

In this week's media

02 October 2015

 This week's articles and news stories of interest to landlords in the media 

Call to action: Tax changes

25 September 2015

Please take action now to let politicians and policymakers hear how the planned tax changes will affect you.

In the media

25 September 2015
Please find below articles of interest to landlords in this week's media:

Private Tenancies Bill 2015

22 September 2015

The long anticipated Private Tenancies Bill, outlining proposals for a new tenancy regime in Scotland, is expected to be published within the next few weeks.

Reminder: letting agent consultation & events

21 September 2015

As advised in our enews dated 25th August, the Scottish Government is currently consulting on a draft code of practice and training provisions.

Letting agent consultation survey

21 September 2015

In early September we conducted a survey of letting agent members.

Landlords in the media

18 September 2015

SAL in the media and other stories of interest.

Private Tenancies Bill 2015

17 September 2015

The long anticipated Private Tenancies Bill, outlining proposals for a new tenancy regime in Scotland, is expected to be published within the next few weeks.

Scottish landlords take tax case to The Treasury

16 September 2015

SAL talk to Treasury Officials

In the media

11 September 2015

 Articles of interest to landlords in this week's media

Scottish landlords criticise Treasury over tax changes

11 September 2015

 Scottish landlords criticise Treasury over tax changes

In the media

04 September 2015

 Articles of interest to landlords in this week's media: 

Response to First Minister’s Programme for Government

01 September 2015

 Response to First Minister's Programme for Government

“Education begins with homes" landlords and letting agents tell students

31 August 2015

Students should demand good service from landlords and letting agents

 

In the media

28 August 2015

 Articles of interest to landlords this week:

In the media

21 August 2015

 Articles of interest to landlords this week: 

In the media

14 August 2015

Articles of interest to landlords this week: 

 

Immigration check uncertainty for Scotland

13 August 2015

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, termed “right to rent” checks.

In the media

07 August 2015

 Coverage and articles of interest for landlords this week.

Second new tenancy consultation analysis published

03 August 2015

The Scottish Government has recently published an independent report analysing the responses received to the second new tenancy consultation.

In the media

31 July 2015

Coverage and articles of interest for landlords this week.

Universal credit now operating in half of all jobcentres

29 July 2015

Universal Credit is the new benefits system which is replacing a number of other benefits including Local Housing Allowance/Housing Benefit.

In the Media

24 July 2015

Articles of Media interest this week

Summer budget 2015

15 July 2015

Wage rises for employees, cuts for landlords

New tenancy risk to student and tourist letting

13 July 2015

The most recent SAL member survey suggests the planned new tenancy regime would have a negative impact on students and tourism.

Carbon monoxide detector requirements published

13 July 2015

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 amended the Repairing Standard to make landlords legally responsible for fitting carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their properties.

In the Media

10 July 2015

 SAL Coverage including our Budget response

SAL Budget Response

08 July 2015

 SAL's response to the Chancellor's Budget Statement this afternoon

Statement by SAL & RLA

08 July 2015

 Joint statement by SAL and RLA on Summer Budget 2015

Council Tax Reform

03 July 2015

Commission on Local Tax Reform

 

In the Media

03 July 2015

Weekly coverage and articles of interest

Landlord registration update

29 June 2015

SAL sits on the Scottish Government’s Landlord Registration working group, representing members’ views in discussions on the operation of the system and any proposals for change.

In the media

26 June 2015

 Articles of interest to the industry:

Landowners' statement on Land Reform Bill

24 June 2015

Following the publication of the Land Reform Bill in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, issued the following statement.

Overcrowding statutory notice consultation

23 June 2015

The Scottish Government has recently consulted

Double blow for landlords carrying out energy saving improvements

17 June 2015

We are disappointed to report on two recent decisions which will effectively increase the cost of carrying out energy saving improvements on private rented properties.

Joint policy position paper

16 June 2015

A new tenancy for Scotland's private rented sector: Joint position paper

Commission on Local Tax Reform

14 June 2015

The government has recently established the Commission on Local Tax Reform to look at Scotland's system of local taxation.

In the media

12 June 2015

 Articles of interest to the industry:

ASB survey concerns

10 June 2015

Members express concern about impact of new tenancy regime on anti-social behaviour

Private rented sector awaits Holyrood reform

09 June 2015

Article from CLA member and Managing Director of Belvoir Lettings Mike Campbell in today's Scotsman:

In the media

05 June 2015

 Articles of interest to the industry:

Empty Homes Advice Service

03 June 2015

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Team at Shelter Scotland has recently expanded with a new service to take advantage of.

In the media

29 May 2015

 Articles of interest to the industry:

Security for tenants whilst protecting investment

26 May 2015

Security and improved standards for tenants whilst also protecting investment 

In the media

22 May 2015

 Articles of interest to the industry:

The Agency Business conference exhibitor list

21 May 2015

The specialist letting agent event took place on 21 May in Glasgow.

Heat Network Regulations

13 May 2015

New regulations are coming into force later this year which will place obligations on some landlords who supply heating or hot water to more than one tenant/occupant in a property.

In the media

12 May 2015

Articles of interest to the industry 

Second new tenancy consultation

12 May 2015

The second consultation on a new tenancy regime has now closed and the Scottish Government will now analyse the responses received.

Police Scotland: Human trafficking

12 May 2015

Trafficking and exploitation is happening in Scotland and affects men, women and children on a daily basis.

Thousands sign petition opposing rent caps in Scotland

10 May 2015

Over 3,000 people have signed a petition supporting landlords and letting agents in the Private Rented Sector in Scotland and opposing the introduction of rent controls.

SAL chief executive's letter in the Daily Mail

04 May 2015

SAL chief executive, John Blackwood sent the letter below to all major newspapers.

Energy efficiency survey reveals confusion over incentive schemes

04 May 2015

In April we carried out a landlord member survey.

Call to action: Sign our e-petition

01 May 2015

The voice of Scottish landlords must be heard in the Westminster elections

In the media

01 May 2015

News items of interest to the sector:

New energy efficiency loan and funding announced

21 April 2015

SAL has been lobbying for support for energy saving initiatives for the private rented sector.

In the media

17 April 2015

Recent news articles of interest to the sector: 

SAL chief executive's letter in the National

16 April 2015

A letter from John Blackwood was printed in the National. 

Second New Tenancy Consultation – call to action

09 April 2015

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the biggest changes to the tenancy system in Scotland in over 25 years.

SAL urges Scottish Government to consider impact of policy proposals on landlords

02 April 2015

In a letter to the media SAL has urged the Scottish Government to consider the impact of its policy proposals on landlords, rather than just taking into account the interests of tenants.

In the media

30 March 2015

 Recent articles of interest to the industry.

Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

30 March 2015

Commenting on the launch of the Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), John Blackwood said:

Electrical safety survey reveals landlords are ahead of the game

24 March 2015

A survey of SAL and CLA members has revealed that the majority are already carrying out electrical safety checks.

Government publishes new tenancy consultation analysis

23 March 2015

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of responses submitted to the new tenancy consultation which ran from October to December 2014.

In the media

20 March 2015

News items of interest

SAL briefs MSPs at parliamentary reception

18 March 2015

On 17 March a briefing for MSPs was held at the Scottish Parliament, arranged by SAL and kindly hosted by Graeme Dey MSP

Charging tenant referencing or application fees

12 March 2015

SAL and our Council of Letting Agents (CLA) wing are hearing of agents which require prospective tenants to pay a referencing company for checks, as a condition of the grant of a lease.

LESA response from UK Exchequer

10 March 2015

We have received a reply from the office of the Exchequer.

The Agency Business conference bookings open now

09 March 2015

The Agency Business conference member bookings are open now. Our specialist letting agent conference takes place on 21 May in Glasgow's Hampden Stadium.

Business rates appeals system consultation

08 March 2015

The Scottish Government is in the process of reviewing the business rates system and as part of this it has been consulting on the business rates appeals process.

SAL and CLA media update

06 March 2015

SAL and the CLA in the media, plus other articles of interest:

Enhanced Enforcement Areas

06 March 2015

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 requires Scottish Ministers to introduce a scheme that will enable local authorities to target enforcement action in areas subject to poor housing conditions in the private rented sector.

SAL and CLA media update

20 February 2015

Media coverage and articles of interest

Tax changes risk a deterioration in property condition

20 February 2015

In January we conducted a member survey to establish how changes to the rules relating to allowable tax deductions for unfurnished properties could affect landlords.

Mandatory electrical check requirements from December 2015

20 February 2015

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) campaigned for the introduction of a clear standard for electrical safety checks.

Powers to tackle problem tenants could be curtailed under new Scottish Government plans, industry warns

19 February 2015

Powers available to tackle anti-social, problem tenants could be reduced if new laws for the rental sector are introduced, according to industry bodies.

Second phase of Universal Credit roll out announced

12 February 2015

The Department for Work & Pensions has now announced phase two of the national roll out.

Home Report review

11 February 2015

As part of the Government’s five year review into the Home Report a research study has been carried out to examine how the Home Report has performed over the five years since its introduction

SAL joins calls for extension of tax scheme

10 February 2015

SAL has joined a number of other organisations in calling on the UK government to extend the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA).

Tenant satisfaction survey

08 February 2015

Tenants across Scotland are being asked how landlords and tenants can improve private rented accommodation.

SAL & the CLA in the media: PRS market "lacking supply"

02 February 2015

See below for some good media coverage today for our survey which indicates that the Scottish private rental market  is "lacking supply".

Changes announced to property tax proposals

21 January 2015

The Scottish Government have recently announced changes to their proposals for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

Universal credit: an update

20 January 2015

Following the launch of Universal Credit in pilot areas, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has announced the locations and timing for phase one of the national roll-out, with several areas in Scotland being included.

New Tenancy Consultation responses published

19 January 2015

The Scottish Government has today made available the responses it received on the "Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector" which closed on 28 December.

Consultation on business rates appeals system

15 January 2015

The Scottish Government is in the process of reviewing the business rates system and as part of this it has launched a consultation on the business rates appeals process.

HMRC product catalogue

08 January 2015

HMRC continue to offer live and recorded webinars aimed at agents,  landlords and businesses.

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