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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 2016

In the media - 23 December

23 December 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

HMRC digital information

20 December 2016

Leading up to 31 January 2017, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are providing a variety of digital products to support customers who are completing their 2015-16 Self Assessment tax returns.

In the media - 16 December

16 December 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 9 December

09 December 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 2 December

02 December 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Response to Glasgow landlords banned from register

29 November 2016

 SAL response to 9 landlords being barred from the landlord registry

In the media - 25 November

25 November 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 18 November

18 November 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 11 November

11 November 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest - 11 November

Glasgow low cost loan scheme launched

08 November 2016

Glasgow City Council backs plans to tackle those paying poverty premium with launch of fairer low-cost loan

Landlords and Scottish Government redouble efforts for better enforcement of regulations

08 November 2016

Better enforcement theme of National Landlord Day 2016

In the media - 4 November

04 November 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

In the media - 28 October

28 October 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 21 October

21 October 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 17 October

17 October 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

SAL continues to lobby against unfair tax changes

10 October 2016

Update on our lobbying members of the UK Parliament (Westminster).

In the media - 7 October

07 October 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

New grant funding available

06 October 2016

The Scottish Government has just announced new grant funding to help landlords to make their properties more energy efficient for tenants.

A new tenancy for the private rented sector

03 October 2016

A new type of tenancy will be introduced as a result of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

In the media - 30 September

30 September 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Public back landlords’ campaign for better enforcement of laws to protect tenants

26 September 2016

 SAL calls for action against criminal actions

In the media - 23 September

23 September 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Aberdeen mediation service offered

21 September 2016

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Mediation Services is funded by local authorities to mediate between neighbours in dispute.

eLearning – Landlord Knowledge Course

21 September 2016

This course is perfect for those starting out and those in need of a refresher.

Cap proposed on meter installation charges

20 September 2016

Ofgem has published proposals to cap charges to consumers for installing prepayment meters (PPMs) under warrant.

SAL supports Scottish Housing Day

19 September 2016

Delighted to support first Scottish Housing Day

In the media - 16 September

16 September 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

New First-tier Tribunal announced

14 September 2016

From the 1st of December 2016, the existing panels, PRHP and HOHP, will become known as the Housing and Property Chamber.

In the media - 9 September

09 September 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

A New Future for Social Security

06 September 2016

The Scottish Government recently launched a consultation on the future of social security in Scotland.

SAL website: We need your views please

05 September 2016

We are planning to upgrade this website and our online tools.
 

In the media - 2 September

02 September 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 26 August

26 August 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Publication of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital consultation documents

23 August 2016

HMRC has launched six Making Tax Digital (MTD) consultation documents.

In the media - 19 August

19 August 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 12 August

12 August 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Tax changes: Take action now

10 August 2016

Over the past year landlords across Scotland have faced significant changes to the way they are taxed.

In the media - 5 August

05 August 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

EQ Accountants Tax Bulletin

01 August 2016

EQ Accountants publish a tax bulletin.

In the media - 29 July

29 July 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 22 July

22 July 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

In the media - 15 July

15 July 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

eLearning from LAS: Landlord Knowledge course

13 July 2016

A new online learning site - brush up your skills at a time to suit you.

In the media - 8 July

08 July 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Letting agent prosecuted for not lodging deposits

06 July 2016

In a landmark ruling in Kilmarnock Sheriff Court an Ayrshire agent pled guilty under trading standards legislation.

In the media - 4 July

04 July 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 27 June

27 June 2016

 Landlords in the media

We pay our interns

24 June 2016

SAL is delighted to employ graduates selected for us via Adopt an Intern.

In the media - 17 June

17 June 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Tenant Tax: Call to action

14 June 2016

The ‘Tenant Tax Summit – Landlords Fight Back’ event was held last week in London and attended by several SAL members.

In the media - 10 June

10 June 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest - 10 June

West Bromwich lose mortgage tracker case

09 June 2016

The West Bromwich mortgage company has been ordered to refund £27.5m to buy to let landlords who have been overcharged interest on their loans.

SAL joins CML stakeholder group

09 June 2016

SAL has recently joined a new Scottish stakeholder group set up by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Further roll out of Universal Credit

09 June 2016

This year the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) will continue with the roll out of Universal Credit (UC).

Contacting your elected politicians

08 June 2016

Members at a recent branch meeting asked for us to circulate some information on how to contact elected politicians.

In the media - 3 June

03 June 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 27 May

27 May 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

SAL calls on new MSPs to work with us

26 May 2016

Every MSP elected to the Holyrood parliament in May has now been written to by the SAL chief executive John Blackwood. 

EU Referendum

23 May 2016

Help your tenants get ready for the EU Referendum on the 23 June 2016

In the media - 20 May

20 May 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 13 May

13 May 2016

 Landlords in the media and article of interest

Tenancies bill receives Royal Assent

11 May 2016

The tenancies bill which was debated in parliament over the winter months has now received Royal Assent creating the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

In the media - 6 May

06 May 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 29 April

29 April 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Which party will you vote for on 5 May?

28 April 2016

SAL Manifesto Summary

In the media - 22 April

22 April 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Judicial review of clause 24: Tenant Tax

18 April 2016

Appeal for further funding plus event in London

In the media - 15 April

15 April 2016

Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Help tenants register to vote

12 April 2016

Help your tenants get ready for the Scottish Parliament election on the 5 May 2016.

Private tenancies bill:

12 April 2016

The view from the other side of the fence

In the media - 8 April

08 April 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

SELECT events coming up

04 April 2016

SELECT (The trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland) is hosting free events throughout Scotland over the next couple of months. 

In the media - 1 April

01 April 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

LBTT supplement bill passed

30 March 2016

Legislation to introduce a 3% supplement on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for purchases of additional residential property has now been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

In the media - 28 March

28 March 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 18 March

18 March 2016

 Landlords in the media and other items of interest.

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill 2015

18 March 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill has now completed the three stages of the parliamentary process.

Member agents in the news

17 March 2016

Locally and nationally members are hitting the headlines - if you are in your local news please let us know so we can share with fellow members.

In the media - 11 March

11 March 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Letting agent training requirement proposals amended

10 March 2016

The Scottish Government has announced changes to their proposals for the training letting agents must have undertaken in order to be accepted onto the letting agent register

Letting agent code approved by parliament

08 March 2016

Regulations detailing the wording of a statutory code of practice for letting agents have now been approved by the Scottish Parliament.

In the media - 4 March

04 March 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 19 February

19 February 2016

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

New tenancies bill: update

15 February 2016

The Housing Minister and MSPs put forward nearly 200 amendments to the private tenancies bill at stage 2.

In the media - 12 February

12 February 2016

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Mapping Flood Disadvantage: research published

09 February 2016

The Scottish Government has recently published research entitled Mapping Flood Disadvantage in Scotland 2015.

In the media - 5 February

05 February 2016

 Landlords in the news and other articles of interest

LBTT call for evidence

04 February 2016

The Scottish Government intends to introduce a 3% supplement on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for property owners buying additional homes in Scotland worth £40,000 or more.

In the media - 29 January

29 January 2016

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Scottish Government considers direct payment of benefit to landlords

25 January 2016

Universal Credit (UC) is the UK Government’s new benefit system which is replacing Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments for rent.

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

22 January 2016

 Comment on Stage 2 Debate of new tenancy regime legislation

In the media - 22 January

22 January 2016

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest.

In the media - 15 January

15 January 2016

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Judicial review of change to finance tax relief for landlords

12 January 2016

Two landlords, with financial support from many more via crowd funding, are planning to apply for a judicial review of clause 24 of the Finance (no.2) Act 2015.

Land & buildings transaction tax (LBTT) supplement

11 January 2016

Make your views known.

In the media - 8 January

08 January 2016

 Landlords in the media and other articles of interest

Tenancies bill: call to action (anti-social behaviour)

05 January 2016

Call to action: email your MSPs regarding your concerns around anti-social behaviour.

Tenancies bill: call to action (student letting)

05 January 2016

Call to action: email your MSPs regarding your concerns around student letting.

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