CIH Scotland welcomes Scottish Government PRS tenancy consultation
Moves by the Scottish Government to make private renting more secure for tenants have been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.
In its submission to the government’s second consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector, the organisation said it supported the decision to remove the ‘no-fault’ ground for repossession (where landlords can reclaim their property simply because the fixed term of a tenancy has ended).
But it added that more detailed guidance will be needed on the evidence required by the First Tier Tribunal, which is taking over responsibility for resolving disputes between private tenants and landlords.
Head of policy and public affairs, David Ogilvie, said: “The current system needs change and we support the move to make private renting more secure so tenants can have more certainty about their home. More and more people are living in the private rented sector which means we need to get it right if we want to deliver a housing system that works for everyone.
He added: “It’s important that the new system strikes the right balance between the needs of tenants and landlords. We need to see much more detail on how the tribunal system will work in practice and while we agree with the proposal to limit the frequency of rent increases, we think more work needs to be done on the implications of area-based rent limits. We would like to see a more detailed proposal on this.”
Read the consultation response from Crisis Scotland here.