A national system of rent controls is a key aim of consultation

A national system of rent controls is a key aim of consultation

10:04 AM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago 13

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The Scottish Government is consulting on the draft ‘A New Deal for Tenants’  to propose a rented sector strategy looking to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland. Click here

It is looking at a phased implementation over the next five years.

Patrick Harvie MSP Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights said in a forward to the consultation they were looking to:

Improve affordability by introducing an effective national system of rent controls as a key aim. It will take time to assemble the evidence we need, but we have set out some shorter-term reform too.

The new deal for tenants will also improve security. We will review the grounds leading to an end of tenancy and deter landlords from undertaking illegal evictions by increasing penalties and compensation for tenants, and build on the success seen in preventing evictions during the pandemic by considering new restrictions to evictions in winter.

To embed a strong, rights-based approach, we will also introduce a new housing regulator for the Private Rented Sector, to improve standards and to ensure the system is fair.

The Scottish government have indicated they only consider housing to be adequate if it meets the following criteria:

Security of tenure: housing is not adequate if its occupants do not have a degree of tenure security which guarantees legal protection against forced evictions, harassment and other threats.

Availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure: housing is not adequate if its occupants do not have safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, energy for cooking, heating, lighting, food storage or refuse disposal.

Affordability: housing is not adequate if its cost threatens or compromises the occupants’ enjoyment of other human rights.

Habitability: housing is not adequate if it does not guarantee physical safety or provide adequate space, as well as protection against the cold, damp, heat, rain, wind, other threats to health and structural hazards.

Accessibility: housing is not adequate if the specific needs of disadvantaged and marginalised groups are not taken into account.

Location: housing is not adequate if it is cut off from employment opportunities, health-care services, schools, childcare centres and other social facilities, or if located in polluted or dangerous areas.

Cultural adequacy: housing is not adequate if it does not respect and take into account the expression of cultural identity.

Click here to download the full consultation document.

Propertymark policy manager, Daryl McIntosh, said: “Whilst we support the right to an adequate home and the Scottish Government’s commitment to elevating standards and quality in the private rented sector, we fear the policies outlined in the Draft Rented Sector Strategy will have unintended consequences and ultimately be detrimental to tenants unless there is a balance with landlords’ rights.

“We have real concerns that the proposed system of rent controls will undermine the viability of the private rented sector and do nothing to tackle the perceived affordability issues, while further regulatory burdens will inevitably continue to force landlords to exit the market.

“If the Scottish government wants to ensure a healthy supply of good quality, affordable and secure homes, it must recognise the value and significance of the private rented sector and actively encourage more investors to provide homes. Only by increasing and sustaining investment in the sector can it achieve its aims, and the Strategy as drafted falls far short of providing the certainties and incentives that are needed.”



Comments

by moneymanager

11:00 AM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

"The Scottish Government is consulting on the draft ‘A New Deal for Tenants’ to propose a rented sector strategy looking to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland."

Which might be expanded by

"ALL the political, economic and social problems whose solution is determining the present and future of the Russian Revolution, and consequently, international Communism, are from now on summed up in the USSR’s economic Five Year Plan. The Plan should allow the Soviet Union, so it seems, to “catch up with and overtake the capitalist countries” in the sphere of production, and to provide for its citizens a well-being unknown elsewhere. “Catch up and overtake” is the formula repeated every day and on every page of every Soviet newspaper and is echoed in all the speeches, reports and official statements, the obsession with which must keep the workers in Russia in constant suspense.

Boris Souvarine The Five Year Plan

This article originally appeared in the Bulletin Communiste, no 31, February 1930.

"“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana which of course is why we are not allowed to learn the past, just a santised version of it.

by Martin Thomas

12:32 PM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

The Swedish economist, Assar Lindbeck, said "In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing."
Rent control is a typical left wing response (Jeremy Corbyn liked it too!) to shortage of accommodation that leads to higher rents - and will be doomed to failure.
Landlords will leave the market which creates further shortages.....
The left just doesn't get real-world economics. What a bunch of dumb asses!

by Rennie

13:53 PM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

"Location: housing is not adequate if it is cut off from employment opportunities, health-care services, schools, childcare centres and other social facilities, or if located in polluted or dangerous areas."........Yep! This is sounding like " you will all move into cities and live where we tell you with people you don't even know because we are going to collapse all facilities/utilities out in the countryside so that you are forced to do just that" Did I miss anything?

by Paul Essex

15:07 PM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

What a load of *********
So if the local school, shop, bank or factory closes is that an automatic eviction?

Access to energy, not in our control!

Located in a high pollution area??

There will be a lot of eviction notices delivered in the new year.

by LaLo

18:47 PM, 21st December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Just let them have it all for free and walk away from all this nonsense. Oh no, I can't even do that as it would be discrimination against those that pay and I would be sued!

by Ian Narbeth

12:44 PM, 22nd December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Good luck to all Scottish landlords having to deal with this insanity.

by DSR

17:24 PM, 22nd December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Pick a Planet - any Planet...now start this idea here and see how you get on as clearly this cant be applied on this earth. Is this guy from a communist cult????

by Freda Blogs

15:42 PM, 23rd December 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Ideological and impractical claptrap.

by Mick Roberts

7:34 AM, 25th December 2021, About 3 weeks ago

He's on another planet.
He best see if he can get the Council to house his Perfect people then as at moment they adhere to less rules than us.

by Steve Hards

17:35 PM, 25th December 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Any politician contemplating the benefits of rent controls should start by reading the 2017 House of Commons Library briefing paper on the subject. To quote the introduction The application of rent controls coincided with a decline in the private rented sector. The sector had made up nine-tenths of the housing stock in 1915 but had reduced to one-tenth by 1991. Rent control has been widely identified as a factor in this decline...
Download it from: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06747/

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