COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Shelter Scotland sends eviction notices to MSPs

Scottish MSPs all received "notices to quit

last week when they got back to work.

Shelter Scotland sent the mock eviction notices to highlight the plight of private tenants in Scotland. MSPs have to be re-elected to the Parliament next May and the charity wanted to relate the insecurity of private tenants, often evicted at an hour's notice, to what the MSPs might be feeling at the prospect of not getting re-elected, explained head of campaigns Gavin Corbett.

He said: "This was a light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek attempt to raise the issue with MSPs and we've got positive feedback and promises of meetings already."

Recent Scottish legislation has improved the status of homeless people and those in council and housing association accommodation. But private tenants are less protected than they are in England, said Corbett, because local authorities do not have the power to prosecute landlords for unlawful evictions.

"Legislation currently protects people when they become homeless. But Shelter is trying to stop people from becoming homeless in the first place.

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