Better protection for private tenants promised
The Scottish Government has promised better protection and improved services for more than 270,000 private sector tenants.
A consultation launched by housing minister Keith Brown yesterday will help deal with rogue landlords by creating a simpler regulatory system and taking enforcement action on landlords who give tenants a poor deal, cause safety and management concerns and ‘tarnish the image of the sector’.
It also suggests increased partnership working between a range of public services such as housing, social work, education and police to identify and prosecute exploitative and unprofessional landlords.
The consultation contains proposals to help landlords and communities deal with tenants who engaged in anti-social behaviour.
As part of that it suggests achieving quicker and more effective justice for tenants and landlords in dispute through reform of the courts and consideration of the role of a new housing panel model.
Speaking at the Shelter Scotland and Scottish Association of Landlords conference in Glasgow today, Mr Brown said: ‘The Scottish Government is committed to enabling effective action to help remove the small minority of rogue landlords from the private rented sector and to ensure that local authorities have the powers that they need to tackle this problem.’
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: ‘We welcome the proposed introduction of a simpler, more targeted regulatory system and believe that responsible landlords will rise to the challenge of regulation to raise standards.
‘The consultation will also give a voice to tens of thousands of tenants who call the PRS home, and help to ensure their consumer rights are protected.’
The consultation will run until 10 July.