A consultation by the Scottish Government has been launched, covering potential options for tenancy reform. Letting agents will know that the prospect of change in the types of tenancy which can be offered to tenants carries huge significance for our industry. As a result, Letscotland will be engaging proactively with politicians and civil servants during and after the consultation period to make sure the views of letting agents are heard.
Letscotland believes that any proposals to be introduced must past a simple test - do they make it easier or more difficult to address the looming supply crisis in the private rented sector? The PRS has grown significantly to meet tenant demand, and any changes to tenancy legislation must enable further growth in the sector.
Responding to the consultation launch, Letscotland Chairman, Malcolm Warrack said:
"The private rented sector has grown significantly over the past 20 years in response to growing demand from tenants for high quality and flexible accommodation. In order to meet Scotland's future housing needs, this consultation needs to focus on measures that will encourage greater supply to the market.
"Any new tenancy regime needs to focus on expanding the size of the market, facilitating growth, and averting the looming supply crisis that is threatening rising rent levels."
The consultation is open until the end of December 2014, and the documentation can be downloaded from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/10/9702
Letscotland will be making a formal response to the consultation and will be consulting widely to ensure that response reflects the views of the wider industry, but we also encourage individual letting agents to read and understand the proposals and make individual responses.