At a debate in Holyrood yesterday on the Private Rented (Scotland) Bill, an amendment from Conservative MSP Ted Brocklebank was passed by an overwhelming majority. In his words:
What this amendment does not seek to do is reduce the number of HMOs or champion community associations at the expense of landlords, students or other tenants. What it would do is give licensing authorities the unequivocal right to refuse applications in areas where they believe there are already too many. The legislation is not retrospective, but over time it does seek to achieve more balanced communities where tenants in HMOs can live in closer harmony with existing tenants."More details from here from STV and here from the Edinburgh Reporter which includes opposing views from Liam Burns, the President of the National Union of Students.