Rent Pressure Zones

Private Tenancies Bill set for Parliament debate

A new bill aimed at strengthening and improving the private rented sector will be debated in parliament today.

Published 21 January 2016

MSP calls for rent controls to be extended to Highlands and Islands and to new tenancies

The need for rent controls in the Highlands and Islands, where rents are rising faster than in any other part of Scotland, has become “urgent”, according to John Finnie MSP.

Published 21 January 2016

Scottish Greens to campaign for stronger rent control

The Scottish Green Party has agreed to campaign for a better deal for private tenants in Scotland.

Published 13 October 2015

Steep falls in Aberdeen rents ‘may pose questions’ for rent control plans

As the Scottish Government presses ahead with proposals for rent controls and details of the Private Tenancies Bill are expected to be published this week, average rents in the country have started to head south, according to new figures.

Published 6 October 2015

‘Draconian’ rent control proposals ‘may lead to fewer properties in market’

A letting agent has warned that "draconian" Scottish Government rent control plans risk stifling the availability of new properties.

Published 24 September 2015

Landowners welcome government commitment to rural housing

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement on the private rental sector (PRS), with new funding for rural housing ‘critical’ for the future of countryside communities.

Published 2 September 2015

Rent control plans ‘threaten Scotland’s burgeoning PRS market’

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in ‘high-pressure’ rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) and curtail much-needed housing supply, according to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 2 September 2015

Sturgeon reveals plans for rent controls with new Private Tenancies Bill

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has laid out plans to introduce new bills to improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ as early as possible.

Published 1 September 2015

Scottish Greens conference to debate rent controls

A policy motion supporting rent controls in Scotland is due to be debated at the Scottish Green Party Conference in Glasgow this October.

Published 31 August 2015

Blog: The Highlands and Islands need rent controls

By John Finnie MSP

Published 18 August 2015