RENT RISE STATS SHOW NEED FOR TARGETTED RESTRICTIONS
Patrick Harvie has today argued that targeted private rent restrictions are needed in areas under extreme pressure for housing.
The private rented sector now accounts for an eighth of all homes in Scotland. An analysis by the Scottish Government of private rent levels over the last four years, published today, shows above-inflation rent rises in Aberdeen/shire and Lothian.
Renting a two bedroom property in Aberdeen/shire has increased by 40% since 2010, with a 17% increase in Lothian.
Patrick Harvie, Green MSP said:
“More and more people find themselves with no other option for housing except private renting, so we must ensure that it is an affordable and secure choice for tenants. These figures show that in some areas, demand for housing is leading to painful year-on-year rent rises, with particularly big implications for public sector recruitment in Aberdeen.
“I want to see a range of measures in the Government’s new housing bill to provide relief for private tenants. We do need a healthy rented sector, and that means supporting responsible landlords too, but there’s a very strong case for restricting the frequency and levels of rent increases .”
The full analysis paper can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.