Problems with Lousy Landlords and Poor Housing ‘On the Rise Across Scotland’

April 7, 2016

Issues relating to landlords and poor housing conditions are increasingly impacting individuals and families across Scotland.

That’s according to the Citizens Advice Scotland, which has said that a growing number of Scots have been turning to its advisors for support and guidance in relation to rented housing problems in recent months.

In fact, the organisation reports that there has been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Scots enquiring with its advisors regarding problems with landlords or in relation to poor housing conditions over the past two years.

Landlords failing to meet their legal obligations to tenants or to carry out basic repairs to properties have apparently been among the most common complaints.

There is also reported to have been a rise in the number of property tenants being bullied or intimidated in some way by their landlords.

“While most private landlords are responsible and doing right by their tenants, our evidence shows there are far too many who are not,” said Patrick Hogan from Citizens Advice Scotland in a statement.

“Scotland’s CAB advisers are seeing 24 cases every working day where lousy landlords are letting their tenants down,” he said.

Hogan points out that there are currently a great many Scots who cannot afford to buy their own homes and too few affordable social housing options available to renters in many parts of the country.

This has left a growing number of people and their families paying more than they should be for rent and finding their finances squeezed consistently as a result.

“We regularly see incidents of poor quality housing, dampness and condensation, poor electrical wiring and un-safe appliances not being repaired with landlords too often responding to complaints by harassing, threatening and bullying,” says Hogan, whose organisation helps hundreds of Scots in financial difficulty every month.

“Make sure you know what your rights are, and don’t put up with unacceptable behaviour from your landlord,” Citizens Advice Scotland is urging private sector tenants.

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