Patrick brings tenants' rights debate to parliament
Patrick Harvie has led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the implementation of the Scottish Government’s scheme to protect private tenant deposits. You can watch his opening speech above.
The final deadline for landlords to put deposits into the protected scheme passed on May 15th, but only half of the 291,000 potential deposits had been transferred by this date.
Patrick is calling for bolder measures to protect tenants rights as the private rented sector continues to grow, including an end to short assured tenancies and action on evictions, harassment and management standards. A Housing Bill from the Scottish Government is expected later this year.
“The deposit scheme needs to be a strong system if it’s going to drive up standards, but like so many housing policies, awareness among tenants is low and enforcement of tenants’ rights is lacking. I want to see a greater voice for private tenants in what is an increasingly important part of our housing mix.
“The private rented sector is especially important in areas like Glasgow. It needs to be viable for landlords, but it also needs to operate with a basic respect for the rights of tenants. Good quality landlords and letting agents – those who understand that they are not simply raking in the cash from their properties, but selling a service to paying customers – such people have nothing to fear from proper regulation of the industry.”