Landlords face tough new restrictions on renting out buy to let homes under proposals by the Scottish Government.
Scottish Nationalist Housing Minister Margaret Burgess wants to give tenants greater safeguards.
Her plans include linking any notice to quit to the time tenants have rented a home and is considering rent controls and banning landlord repossessions if a tenant has not broken the terms of their rental agreement.
The new measures would insist landlords give at least four weeks’ notice if tenants had let a home for less than six months.
This would be extended to eight weeks for tenants who had rented a home between six months and two years, 12 weeks for tenancies of two years to five years and 16 weeks for longer tenancies.
Tenants who had broken their rental agreements, not paid rent for three months or are guilty of antisocial behaviour would still be subject to 28 days’ notice.
The study New Tenancy for the Private Sector has been warmly accepted by Shelter Scotland and tenant organisations.
The Scottish Association of Landlords has “serious objections” to any proposals to restrict the right of a landlord to end a tenancy at the end of a rental agreement.
Chief executive John Blackwood said: “Such proposals will have a negative effect on private landlords renting to students, who need to terminate tenancies at the end of the academic year. This, combined with a threat of rent controls, will deter landlords from investing in the sector and drive many to selling up and exiting the market.
“We are astonished that as we struggle to find much needed housing for people in Scotland, the Scottish Government seems even more determined to reduce the supply of housing by proposing legislation that will only seek to encourage good landlords to invest outside Scotland or sell up altogether.”
A consultation is running until December 28, 2014.