Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

MSPs say more affordable homes and better data needed to tackle issues such as rising rents

An increased supply of affordable housing and better data are key to tackling the issues facing Scotland’s housing sector, according to a Scottish Parliament committee.

Published 25 March 2021

Rent controls 'must be part of national recovery from pandemic', Scottish Parliament hears

The Scottish Parliament’s housing committee will hear this morning that rent increases during the pandemic prove the need for rent controls.

Published 24 February 2021

Pauline McNeill calls for political support for Fair Rents Bill

Pauline McNeill MSP has stressed the 'urgent' need for rent controls as the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee completes its consultation into the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill.

Published 10 December 2020

Living Rent calls for 'proper rent controls to protect Scotland’s tenants'

Scotland’s tenants’ union Living Rent has welcomed proposals to limit rent increases in private rented homes but cautioned that new measures need to go far enough in order to properly protect tenants.

Published 8 December 2020

Blanket cap on rent increases will not have desired effect, says CIH Scotland

CIH Scotland has welcomed elements of the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill but has stopped short of lending its support to a proposed rent cap.

Published 7 December 2020

Govan Law Centre welcomes 'parliamentary U-turn' on Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

With Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee now seeking views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill, having previously dropped the proposed legislation due to a heavy workload, Govan Law Centre (GLC) has welcomed the "unprecedented" move as a "victory for open democracy".

Published 15 October 2020

Views sought on bill to protect private tenants and limit rent increases

Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee is seeking views on a new Bill which aims to increase private tenants’ protection by limiting rent increases and allowing them to seek a “fair” rent.

Published 14 October 2020

STUC urges Scottish Government to adopt Fair Rents Bill

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has criticised the “inequities” in the Scottish Government’s support provided to private landlords over renters, and called for it to do more to redesign Scotland’s private rental sector.

Published 13 August 2020

Govan Law Centre increases pressure over Fair Rents Bill

Govan Law Centre has continued judicial review proceedings against the Scottish Parliament over the tabling of a Bill on rent increases.

Published 11 August 2020

Scottish Labour launches petition to ‘save Bill to protect renters’

A petition has been launched calling on the Scottish Government to formally adopt the Fair Rents (Scotland) Members Bill after the proposed legislation was dropped by the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee.

Published 7 July 2020

Holyrood committee drops rent controls bill

A bill to control rent levels is unlikely to be debated in Holyrood after the Local Government Committee decided there was not enough time to scrutinise it.

Published 1 July 2020

CAS outlines key steps to improve housing affordability

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has recommended three key proposals to improve housing affordability for people on low incomes.

Published 6 August 2019