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Private tenants in Scotland face ‘big rent rises and mass evictions’ from April

Private tenants in Scotland face ‘big rent rises and mass evictions’ from April

Private tenants in Scotland face ‘big rent rises and mass evictions’ from April
Feb 11, 2024 57 secs

Private tenants in Scotland are facing big rent rises and mass evictions as emergency protections expire at the end of next month, campaigners have warned.

The Scottish government has “in effect rubber-stamped rent increases from April”, says Ruth Gilbert, the national campaigns chair of the Scotland-wide tenants’ union Living Rent, while transitional measures are inadequate and confusing, leaving many unaware what their legal rights are.

The bill includes a long-term system of rent controls and new rights for tenants, and is expected to have its first debate before summer recess.

A coalition of landlords’ bodies launched a judicial review of the original rent cap, which they lost.

Speaking to the Guardian last November, Ariane Burgess, the Scottish Greens’ housing spokesperson, pointed out that despite growing outcry about cavalier treatment of tenants’ rights, no other part of the UK had considered such a cap.

Campaigners will be watching closely when the bill begins its passage through Holyrood, with Gilbert saying that along with the promised permanent controls, some kind of retroactive mechanism is required – akin to that proposed for London by the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan – that can actually bring rents down.

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