University of St Andrews

McKee Chairs Holyrood Event on Scotland’s Private Rented Sector

Friday 27 November 2015

Dr Kim McKee was invited to Chair a recent Holyrood Event on Scotland’s Private Rented Sector on the 24th November in Edinburgh.

The purpose of the day was to provide delegates with the most up to date proposals and debates relating to the private rented sector in Scotland.  A key aspect of the day was discussion of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, which proposes significant reforms to private rental tenancies in Scotland, including an end to the ‘no fault’ ground for possession; restrictions on rent increases; and simplified model tenancies and ‘notice to leave’ processes.

Delegates were drawn from across local authorities, housing associations, landlord organisations, third sector housing related charities, and government.

Contributors included:

  • Barry Stalker, Scottish Government
  • James Battye, Shelter Scotland
  • John Blackwood, Scottish Association of Landlords
  • Tony Cain, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers
  • John Boyle, Rettie and Co.
  • Ashley Campbell, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland
  • Alistair Cameron, Rural Housing Scotland
  • Dan Cookson, Lettingweb
  • Jenny Hoolachan, University of St Andrews (Centre for Housing Research)

Jenny Hoolachan (Research Assistant) also contributed to the event – speaking in the final panel discussion about the experiences of young people, and how the proposed Bill may affect them.  Overall, the conference sparked lively discussion and debate, with areas of agreement as well as disagreement emerging.  Moreover, discussion of the Bill was framed within the broader changes affecting the private rented sector, including shifting policy expectations and increasing diversity of both landlord and tenant profiles.