Scottish agents are protesting about a Bill in progress in the Scottish Parliament which has measures that would bring sweeping changes to the housing market and private renting similar to those being proposed by Labour in England.
The Bill makes provisions about housing, including provision about the abolition of the right to buy, social housing, the law affecting private housing, the regulation of letting agents and the licensing of sites for mobile homes.
MSPs have received over 200 emails and letters from Scottish letting agents in advance of today’s debate of the Housing Bill (25 June 2014) as part of a campaign by the Council of Letting Agents (CLA).
The strong letters and emails call for Labour’s proposed amendments to introduce longer mandatory tenancies and rent control to be rejected.
Kathleen Gell, convener of the CLA, said: “The proposals being debated tomorrow will only serve to drive landlords and letting agents out of the market and restrict future investment and lending at a time when there is a greater need than ever for new housing stock to be brought into the sector.
“We are really concerned about proposals to introduce longer tenancies. There is little evidence to support claims that tenants are being unfairly evicted – 90% of tenancies are ended by tenants themselves.”
“And in a time of increasing costs and regulation on the letting industry there is no evidence that rent controls are desirable or necessary.”
“We have sent hundreds of letters and emails outlining these concerns in advance of today’s debate and received a number of supportive responses.”
“There are over 300,000 letting agents and landlords in Scotland and the sector is growing. While we overwhelmingly support the Housing Bill, it must strike a balance that protects businesses.”