Private Renting in Scotland – Navigating the New Regulatory Framework

This briefing will consider the implementation of the Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016 and the role of Private Rented Sector in Scotland’s housing system.

The context

From December 2017 the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act takes effect, bringing major changes to the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland and affecting the rights of 760,000 people.

The legislation creates a new 'private residential tenancy', expands the dispute tribunal system, enables local rent caps for rent pressure areas, and from 31 January 2018 a new letting agents code of practice.

With the Private Rented Sector is undergoing significant regulatory change, this briefing will consider the latest developments and good practice in making the sector work better for all stakeholders.

Key learning objectives

  • Get updated on the latest changes, policy and developments affecting the private sector
  • Consider the implementation and enforcement of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act
  • Gain insights into good practice and innovative approaches improving the private rented sector 


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

10:05 Session 1: Update on Private Rented Sector in Scotland

  • Overview of the latest legislative changes and issues affecting the PRS
  • Implementing and enforcing the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 
  • The new Private Residential Tenancy, understanding rights of landlords and tenants
  • The new Statutory Letting Agent Code of Practice - duties and responsibilities
  • Strengthening landlord registration and enforcement
  • Bringing enhanced security for tenants and safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors

10:05 The Private Rented Sector in Scotland​

Linda Leslie, Head of Private Rented Sector Policy, Scottish Government 

10:25 Private Rented Sector

Heather Pearson, Partner | Real Estate, Addleshaw Goddard

11:45 PRS: A welfare strategy for Landlords

  • How property-based welfare strategies operate within the PRS 

Beverley Searle, Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:55 Session 2: Navigating the New Regulatory Framework

11:55 Resolving Disputes Before The Housing and Property Chamber

Aileen Devanny, President, Housing and Property Chamber

12:15 Deposit protection and adjudication within the new regulatory framework​

Victoria Smith, Operations Manager, SafeDeposits Scotland​

12:35 Questions and Discussion

12:55 Networking Lunch

13:35 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

A series of inputs from across sectors will share insights into innovative good practice in the PRS

13:35 Case Study - Fife Keyfund project

  • Scheme Development
  • Positive Outcomes
  • Sustainable Option

Karen Dick, General Manager, Trust in Fife

13:55 Case Study - (Winner of the Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence in the Private Rented Sector Award 2017)

  • Customer service and the standards set
  • Keeping up to date with ever changing legislation
  • Dealing with clients money

Michael Annandale, Managing Director,

​14:15 Overview of PKC Lets – social lettings agency operated by Perth & Kinross Council

Jennifer Kent, Private Sector Coordinator, Perth and Kinross Council

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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1 February 2018



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