Crisis Private Renting Scotland

The private rented sector has long been recognised as a potential source of accommodation for homeless people.

While renting privately is not the best solution for everyone, our experience is that private tenancies can provide long term, sustainable housing for vulnerable and homeless people, through good quality local access services.

Crisis has developed a set of key principles for deposit guarantee schemes in Scotland.

These principles were developed with expert stakeholders and aim to help you set up and run a successful private renting access scheme.

News and events

How to make sharing work - workshop in Glasgow

Join us in Glasgow on 7 March for our annual event on housing sharers. Delegates will get the opportunity to: 

  • Get an update on Crisis' sharing work 2016-17
  • Hear from a brand new shared housing project about their experiences so far
  • Gain tips on supporting shared tenancies in the longer term from an established scheme 
  • Learn how shared housing projects are relieving pressure on temporary accommodation 
  • Discover how sharing can work in social housing

This event is free of charge but invite-only. If you are interested in attending, please email Natalie Dewison (Housing Coordinator) at

PRS event (Edinburgh): Best practice workshop 

Our December event 'Maximising outcomes for PRS access schemes: A best practice workshop' brought together housing and homelessness staff from several local authorities across Scotland. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Dundee Homefinder who have seen great improvements in their ability to engage landlords as a result of working with Shelter Scotland. The group also discussed the future of PRS access schemes as a homelessness solution in Scotland and shared ideas about how to maximise the potential of existing services. Thank you to everyone who attended and for the valuable contributions made.

If you did not attend this event but would like to access the workshop materials, please email 

NEW practical guide to setting up a social lettings agency (Scotland edition)

Our brand new guide to planning, developing and launching a social lettings agency (SLA) is now available online and in print. Social lettings agencies are a form of private rented sector (PRS) access scheme run on a commercial basis. This guide draws from best practice research conducted with SLAs across the UK. This can be found in our 'resources for housing workers' section below. 

Housing Event (Glasgow): Setting up  a social lettings agency

Our Glasgow event on 28th September based on planning, developing and setting up a social lettings agency was the final event of four held across the UK. Attendees were given a copy of our brand new guide, able to gain top tips when it comes to setting up a new service and hear from two social lettings agencies (Homes for Good and The Bond Board) about their experiences.

If you missed this event and would like to view the slides or recieve a printed copy of the guide, please contact Natalie Dewison (Housing practice Coordinator) on

Improve access to shared accommodation in your local authority 

We are now delivering training sessions designed to equip housing and homelessness teams with all of the skills and knowledge required to improve the housing options available to those affected by welfare reform. Drawing on best practice gathered from across the UK, these sessions are tailored to the specific needs of individual local authorities.

"The trainers were very knowledgeable and encouraged discussion. Plenty of sessions to participate in - very enjoyable."

"Very informative - good to hear about services in other areas."

"A useful insight into sharing."

Please contact Natalie Dewison (Housing Practice Coordinator) at to find out more.


  • Factsheets - information about key issues related to the private rented sector.

Best practice

Examples of best practice in the private rented sector currently being undertaken across Scotland. This includes a number of best practice reports, guides and case studies.

PRS Expert Committee  

In 2012, Crisis established the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Expert Committee  in Scotland. This brings together representatives from the highest performing PRS access schemes in the country who meet quarterly to discuss key issues affecting schemes. It provides a forum for best practice sharing as well as playing a key role in feeding into Scottish Government policy development in order to ensure it meets the needs of schemes. 

You should also:

Private renting research in Scotland

Research about private renting in Scotland.

Resources for housing workers 

Private renting schemes in Scotland

Find a scheme - the Crisis online search engine can help you find a private renting service in your area.

Contact us

Since 2006, Crisis have been working to improve access to the private rented sector (PRS) for vulnerable people and those on low incomes in Scotland. We have been funded by the Scottish Government to support PRS access schemes in every local authority area, promote existing shared tenancy schemes and facilitate the development of new schemes for sharers. We provide training, share information and highlight examples of best practice. This work is a direct response to changes in the shared accommodation rate (SAR) which now affects the majority of local housing allowance claimants under the age of 35, and the limited capacity and experience within current PRS access schemes to operate specific services for sharers.

Neil Guy is the Housing Practice Manager for Crisis in Scotland and is based in Crisis' Edinburgh Skylight offices.
Tel: 0131 209 7713

Natalie Dewison is the Housing Practice Coordinator for Crisis in Scotland and is also based in Crisis' Edinburgh Skylight offices.
Tel: 0131 209 7719

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