Rent Pressure Zones
Scotland’s system of rent controls is not working but can be fixed by handing communities more power, according to a new report by a policy group founded by SNP members.
Published 29 October 2020
Housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Cllr Kate Campbell, writes about how the City of Edinburgh Council is intervening to help those living in the private rented sector.
Published 29 August 2019
The independent chair of a commission tasked with tackling poverty in Edinburgh has called for the introduction of strict rent controls in the city.
Published 30 April 2019
Scotland's "unworkable" Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently replaced with a system of "proper rent controls", according to a new report.
Published 20 February 2019
The City of Edinburgh Council is to request that the Scottish Government conducts a review into the effectiveness of a rent pressure zone (RPZ) after a report found that the policy is not fit for purpose.
Published 6 November 2018
More research and local dialogue is required in order for Highland Council to consider making a rent pressure zone (RPZ) application, councillors have heard.
Published 30 May 2018
To mark today’s introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy, Ashley Campbell outlines the ramifications of the new regime.
Published 1 December 2017
With just over a week before the introduction of a new private residential tenancy in Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart explains why the changes will benefit renters.
Published 23 November 2017
Councillors are to consider moves to introduce a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) across Inverness following claims of “extortionate” sums being charged.
Published 24 October 2017
The City of Edinburgh Council should be at the head of the queue to use new legal powers to tackle soaring rents in the private rented sector, the city’s Green councillors have argued.
Published 3 October 2017
A motion to commission a report to investigate the possibility of introducing Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) across Glasgow has been approved by councillors.
Published 20 September 2017
A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care, and to reduce damage to public health caused by poor housing.
Published 31 May 2016
Delegates at the SNP Spring Conference have voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution committing the party to supporting the introduction of national rent controls for all tenants.
Published 14 March 2016
The Scottish Green Party has stepped up its calls for action on the cost of renting a home as a new poll revealed most Scots support a points-based system of rent controls.
Published 17 February 2016
The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.
Published 10 February 2016