The Scottish government has released a strategy to modernise the Scottish private renting sector to accommodate the growing number of families with children renting privately.
75,400 families with children are renting privately in Scotland. Predictions see this number rising over the next 10 years, prompting a rethink of renting in Scotland.
Current Scottish PRS policy was created with students and young professionals in mind, but families are an explosive demographic within the PRS and the Scottish government wants availability to meet 21st century needs.
Families have requirements that need to be reflected in services provided by letting agents and landlords. Instances such as longer tenancies and high-quality homes are just some of the demands in providing quality services for family tenants.
Three main strategic aims have been identified for the strategy:
- To improve the quality of property management, condition and service.
- To deliver for tenants and landlords, meeting the needs of the people living in the sector; consumers seeking accommodation; and landlords committed to continuous improvement.
- To enable growth, investment and help increase overall housing supply.
The above aims have been coupled with 10 key actions to achieve each ambition. Please refer to the full strategy document here for more detail.
John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the RLA’s policy partner Scottish Association of Landlords said:
“The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) welcomes this publication as it reinforces the existing good practice of by far the majority of landlords and letting agents in Scotland. SAL also welcomes the Scottish Government’s aim to see the private rented sector in Scotland grow and provide a well-managed housing sector”.