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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.

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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 2017

Ready for letting agent registration? SAL can save you time and money

13 December 2017

The top three reasons we have welcomed over 100 new letting agent members in the last three months are:

Need to know about the new Private Residential Tenancy?

12 December 2017

The new tenancy became operational from 1 December. Request our free briefing below.

In the media - 8 December

08 December 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest 

In the media - 1 December

01 December 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

SAL and the CLA respond to smoke alarm consultation

29 November 2017

SAL and our Council of Letting Agents (CLA) have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation.

In the media - 24 November

24 November 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Next steps on energy efficiency and condition standards announced

21 November 2017

Earlier this year the government consulted on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard and amending the Repairing Standard for PRS housing,

In the media - 20 November

20 November 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Letting agents: Client account availability

14 November 2017

The Letting Agent Code of Practice comes into force on 31 January 2018.

In the media - 10 November

10 November 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 3 November

03 November 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Edinburgh Affordable Homes Announcement

02 November 2017

 SAL response to City of Edinburgh Council affordable homes announcement

Slides from the Private Residential Tenancy events

25 October 2017

Here are the slides from the Private Residential Tenancy events.

In the media - 20 October

20 October 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

The new Private Residential Tenancy: Briefing for landlords and letting agents

19 October 2017

The new Private Residential Tenancy has today been published.

In the media - 13 October

13 October 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 9 October

08 October 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 29 September

29 September 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 22 September

22 September 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 15 September

15 September 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest 

Relaxing PRS smoke detection requirements: Consultation

14 September 2017

The Scottish Government has published a consultation which seeks views on possible changes to standards required for smoke and heat alarms in Scottish homes

In the media - 8 September

08 September 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest - 8 September

In the media - 25 August

25 August 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

New Private Sector Excellence Award

21 August 2017

This award is new for 2017 and is open to all organisations operating in the private rented sector in Scotland.

In the media - 18 August

18 August 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 11 August

11 August 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 4 August

04 August 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 28 July

28 July 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 21 July

21 July 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Major overhaul to Making Tax Digital plans

21 July 2017

Under UK government proposals, landlords with a turnover above £10,000 were going to be required to keep financial records digitally using specialist software and send HMRC quarterly updates on their tax affairs.

Government to consult on cross tenure fire safety standards

17 July 2017

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced that a consultation will be published later this year to gather views on harmonising smoke detector requirements across housing tenures.

In the media - 14 July

14 July 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 7 July

07 July 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Direct payment of universal credit to landlords

30 June 2017

SAL has long campaigned for tenants to have the choice to have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord.

In the media - 30 June

30 June 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

The Agency Business 2017: Report

30 June 2017

18 May 2017 marked the sixth annual letting agent conference in Scotland, namely The Agency Business.

Response to energy efficiency and condition standards consultation

29 June 2017

The Scottish Government’s energy efficiency and condition standards consultation.

In the media - 23 June

23 June 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Edinburgh introduces new fee structure and 3 year licences

19 June 2017

The City of Edinburgh Council has introduced a new fee structure for HMO licences.

In the media - 16 June

16 June 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest 

Scottish Government to review safety of high rise buildings

16 June 2017

No doubt you will be saddened and shocked by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

In the media - 9 June

09 June 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

General Election: SAL manifesto summary

04 June 2017

Who will you vote for on 8 June? 

In the media - 2 June

02 June 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 26 May

26 May 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation

25 May 2017

Events for private landlords coming up about energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing

“New era of excellence” for letting agents

19 May 2017

  First 80 graduate from new training

In the media - 19 May

19 May 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 12 May

12 May 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 5 May

05 May 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Scottish Government publishes guidance on new tenancy regime

01 May 2017

Scottish Government publishes guidance on new tenancy regime.

In the media - 28 April

28 April 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 21 April

21 April 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Standards and safety the “Spring”-board for success

18 April 2017

 SAL and SELECT promote importance of standards

In the media - 14 April

14 April 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest - 14 April 2017

In the media - 7 April

07 April 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Consultation on energy efficiency and condition standards published

07 April 2017

The Scottish Government has published a long awaited consultation on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented sector (PRS) properties.

In the media - 31 March

31 March 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

In the media - 24 March

24 March 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 17 March

17 March 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest 

In the media - 10 March

10 March 2017

 Landlords in the media an

In the media - 3 March

03 March 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Government response to benefits consultation published

02 March 2017

Last Autumn the government carried out a consultation on the future of social security in Scotland.

In the media - 24 February

24 February 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 17 February

17 February 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

Right to Rent scheme

12 February 2017

SAL has recently attended a meeting with the Home Office to discuss the UK Government’s intention to roll out the so called "Right to Rent" scheme in Scotland.

In the media - 10 February

10 February 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 3 February

03 February 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 27 January

27 January 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

In the media - 20 January

20 January 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest.

In the media - 13 January

13 January 2017

Landlords in the media - 13 January

Universal Credit Housing Element

12 January 2017

The introduction of Universal Credit has been of great concern to SAL and our members.

In the media - 6 January

06 January 2017

 Landlords in the media and articles of interest

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