Scotland set to see exodus of landlords

Scotland set to see exodus of landlords

10:26 AM, 12th December 2022, About A year ago 2

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Letting agents in Scotland say that 85% of their landlord clients are planning to leave the private rented sector (PRS) after emergency measures introduced by the Scottish Government brought in a rent freeze and a ban on evictions.

The claim is made by Propertymark who point to agents saying that fed-up landlords have told them they are planning to sell up.

And, worryingly for the government that brought in the legislation, 68% of agents say they have already seen a rise in the number of notices to sell – because of the temporary measures.

Propertymark says that the emergency legislation aimed at helping tenants in the cost-of-living crisis is ‘disproportionate’.

Scottish Ministers must report and review every three months

Using available evidence, Scottish Ministers must report and review every three months on the need for the provisions in the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act to either be continued or to end.

And now research from Propertymark has laid bare how those measures are affecting Scotland’s PRS with the organisation submitting its findings for the government to consider.

Propertymark also highlights that many members report that landlords didn’t increase rents in Scotland in the past year.

One agent said: “Many landlords who have not increased rent and had properties below market value for years are now considering this position and feeling they must raise to market rent from now on and keep up with annual increases, whereby before they had not considered it.”

Raise rents as a direct result of the Act

Landlords look set to raise rents as a direct result of the Act because, Propertymark says, they want reassurances that they can cover a rental loss and cover mortgage and utility bill increases and pay for repairs and maintenance.

Timothy Douglas, the organisation’s head of policy and campaigns, said: “The measures introduced under the cost-of-living legislation are disproportionate to the scale of the problem and have only driven more landlords out of the sector.

“Feedback from Propertymark members shows that because of the measures introduced by the Scottish Government, the desire for landlords to remain in the sector and increase the number of homes for people to rent is stalling.”

He added: “Alarmingly, the temporary nature of the legislation means that the impact is not fully realised yet but if the changes are extended then there will be greater consequences.

“The private rented sector is a key solution to resolve the housing crisis but if the Scottish Government continue with policies that disincentive landlords this will only make the situation worse.”

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15:19 PM, 12th December 2022, About A year ago

This is an example of bureaucrats who have never left their desks since schooldays: the understand nothing. By persecuting decent landlords they cause the PRS supply to fall. Rents rise. More and more people are put into B&Bs.
They think that by flooding the property market that first time buyers will get a house. Utter crap! The market would have to sink as it did in 2008!
Remember that? Negative equity everywhere: no more extensions, decorations, new kitchens, etc!
Builders out of work, plumbers, sparkies too. Diy suppliers too. Sackings. More on the dole!!
A slump!!
Stop treating honest landlords like black men in 1920s Alabama!!!
It’s persecution!


16:46 PM, 12th December 2022, About A year ago

The Scottish Nationalist just don't or are too Stupid to think things through, they don't/ or are too thick to realise every thing is connected and every action has a reaction.
I've sold a few of mine already , can do without the hassle, if things look promising i will off load tbe rest, apparently you can now buy caps which say "hate Landlord’s ".
The very people that are housing millions and currently hardly making a profit as the Council and Government are just stealing most of it through taxation and Licensing.
Most rent increases are directly due to Councils and Government interference, if a industry is under threat it strikes back and all we can do is sell our investments and pensions and make innocent tenants homeless because we have been under siege for a long time now and are being made out to be the bad guys through lies and statistics by those currently in power ...

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