Labour’s Mary Fee has appealed to the Scottish Government to consider rent controls – controlling private housing rents as part of its private sector rent reform at Holyrood.
The Labour Party is claiming that struggling families are facing financial crisis when rogue landlords decide to increase rents, which they say have already seen considerable rises in some parts of Scotland over the last few years.
The Scottish Labour Party is supporting Shelter, the housing charity’s calls for a root and branch reform of the Scottish private rented sector. This includes support for a move to a cap on rent rises and to limit rent reviews to one per year.
However, despite support from the West of Scotland MSP the labour the proposals were voted down by the SNP and Conservatives, resulting in Mary Fee blasting the Scottish Government for failing to back plans to make private rents in Scotland fairer.
As part of a major revue of housing tenure in Scotland the Scottish Parliament is currently consulting on a proposed new tenancy system which would increase security of tenure for private tenants, but Labour wants these changes to go much further.
The West Scotland MSP has said she will continue the campaign to control rents and is insisting that the Scottish Government are ignoring the concerns of private tenants.
Mary Fee MSP has said;
“This was a bitterly disappointing move from the Scottish Government; they had no interests in listening to the concerns of private renters and have no plan in place to tackle poverty in the sector.
Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee calls for rent controls as part of the private sector rent reform at Holyrood. http://t.co/54TmtGAUHm
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