RentBetter is a five year research programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation on private renting in Scotland. The Foundation commissioned Indigo House to undertake this work between August 2019 and August 2024.
The purpose of the research is to understand the impacts of changes that have been made in the private rented sector in Scotland, and to share lessons learned for the benefit of private tenants and landlords across the UK.
The focus of the research is around the changes to rights and responsibilities between tenants and landlords brought about through the Private Residential Tenancy introduced in Scotland in 2017.
The work involves three years of research, including large scale surveys of private tenants, landlords and letting agents, followed up by qualitative interviews. Wider stakeholders in the private, public and third sectors will also be interviewed.
It is expected that lessons learned on what is, and what is not working in the new tenancy regime will be of interest to Scottish stakeholders, but also to others across the UK. The work is particularly relevant in England where the Government is currently proposing change to private tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities. Sharing research findings across the UK is a key part of the programme. This website will include updates on progress and findings throughout the three years – please go to Research Findings page