Scottish Government seeks private rented sector tenants’ views on ‘A New Deal for Tenants’

The Scottish Government has enlisted the support of the Tenants Information Service (TIS) and Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) to engage with tenants who rent privately across Scotland, to seek views on A New Deal for Tenants – draft Rented Sector Strategy Consultation’.

Launched in December 2021, the Consultation plans to improve accessibility, affordability choices, and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland. It welcomes views on how the Government can deliver a new deal for tenants to progress the right to an adequate home and deliver a vision for Housing to 2040.

The Consultation remains open until Friday 15th April 2022.


Focus Groups

All private rented sector tenants who attend a focus group and actively participate will receive a £20 high street voucher for their participation.

Experts in housing, community development and engagement practice, TIS and TPAS, will deliver a series of six virtual focus groups, funded by the Government. Four of which will be regional, with representation from the North, East, South, and West of Scotland. In addition, there will be opportunities for mid-market renters and student private rented sector tenants to have their say.

TIS

East Region: Tuesday 12th April, from 6-8pm
Glasgow and West Region: Wednesday 13th April, from 6-8pm
Students: Thursday 14th April, from 6-8pm


TPAS

Mid-Market Rent: Thursday 24th March, from 7pm
North Region: Wednesday 30th March, from 7pm
South Region: Thursday 31st March, from 7pm


The draft Rented Sector Strategy consultation is an important first-step in a phased approach to introduce reform during this Parliament. Key areas under consideration include:

  • Delivering a new deal for private rented sector tenants that will raise standards across the rented sector, ensuring that tenants can feel at home in their properties and be protected from unfair evictions.
  • Establishing a Regulator for the private rented sector to improve standards and enforce tenants’ rights and consider the role of the existing Scottish Housing Regulator focused on social rented housing.
  • Implementing a national system of rent controls for the private rented sector, whilst exploring what further action we can take to ensure rents in the social rented sector are affordable by the end of 2025.
  • Creating a new Housing Standard that applies to all homes throughout Scotland.
  • Regulating to set minimum standards for energy efficiency and zero-emission heating systems.

 

The draft Strategy sets out ambitious proposals for a phased approach to implement change over the next four years. TIS and TPAS are keen to gather a variety of views, experiences, and evidence to inform the Scottish Government’s final Strategy, which aims to be published by the end of 2022.

Patrick Harvie – Minister for Tenants’ Rights, said:

“We want tenants to have the freedom to turn a house into a home. The proposals in our ‘New Deal for Tenants’ aim to better protect tenants from eviction, challenge excessive rent increases, and protect their rights to access adequate housing.

“The focus groups will help us to understand what changes are needed in the rented sector and private tenants’ views on our proposals. We want to know what is important to tenants and landlords, and how the system can be improved.”

Ilene Campbell – TIS Chief Executive, explains:

“The Rented Sector Strategy aims to deliver a fairer rented sector across Scotland, and the focus of TIS and TPAS is to engage as broadly as possible to gain first-hand views to ensure the Strategy is inclusive and informed at a national, local, and individual level.

“We want to hear the views of private rented sector tenants who want to play an active role in improving services and standards and shaping the future of housing in Scotland.”

Lesley Baird – TPAS Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting tenants in the private rented sector to learn more about the proposed reforms and support them to respond to the consultation.

“The experience and views of tenants will help shape this important strategy for all tenants across all of Scotland. We are looking forward to hosting virtual focus groups and working with tenants to uncover insights to improve accessibility, affordability choices, and standards.”

How to get involved

If you rent privately and would like to share your views on how to improve private rented housing in Scotland, please get in touch. Contact TIS at info@tis.org.uk or TPAS at enquiries@tpasscotland.org.uk for further information on how to get involved.

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