Scottish Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called for rising private sector rents to be tackled by new laws.
Information released by letting agents Your Move this week show the average rent in Glasgow and Clyde standing at a new high of £570.
National figures from the research also show a spike in landlord returns, and more tenants struggling to pay their rent on time.
Glasgow MSP backs banning rip off rent rises, and supported Scottish Labour proposals to the Housing (Scotland) Act last year to deliver them, only to see them blocked by the SNP Government.
With over 36,000 renters in Glasgow city Anne McTaggart has said that the SNP Government should admit they got it wrong and revisit Labour’s plans.
Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow Anne McTaggart said:
“These new figures show Landlords making more whilst more tenants struggle, the SNP Government in Edinburgh cannot continue to turn a blind eye to rent reform. The 36,000 private renters in Glasgow deserve better than that.
“We need to reform the private rental sector to make it work for everyone, rather than simply act as a cash cow for landlords it needs to serve families unable to get a foot on the property ladder or access to social housing.
“I back Scottish Labour plans to ban rip off rent rises. This is about making the system fit for purpose. When the SNP opposed our plans last year they sided with Tories and bad landlords, rather than with tenants in Glasgow and across Scotland.”
Information from Your Move:
|Rents June||1 month change||Annual Change||Yields June 2015||Yields June 2014|
|Edinburgh & Lothians||£604||1.7%||0.8%||3.0%||3.4%|
|Glasgow & Clyde||£570||0.6%||4.6%||4.7%||4.9%|
|Highlands & Islands||£563||2.4%||4.3%||4.0%||4.2%|
The Scottish Government’s own Expert Working Group on Welfare recommended rent caps
“We believe it is important to strike the right balance between supporting a well-functioning private rental market and preventing excessive rents that can arise through pressures in the private rental sector in areas of high demand and low supply. This means looking at the nature of tenancies, for example, giving tenants in the private sector longer-term tenancies than generally exist at present, as well as building into tenancy agreements that rents should increase in line with inflation but not above it, at least for the duration of a tenancy.”
Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report on Housing:
“The number of households in poverty in the PRS has doubled in the last decade to 120,000, while the number in social housing has almost halved to 190,000.”
“At the start of the 2000s, poverty in Scotland was predominantly in the social rented sector but this is no longer the case. Two fifths of households in poverty live in social housing, compared to three fifths a decade ago. Meanwhile a quarter live in the PRS, up from 1 in 10.”
Nearly half of the private rented sectors in Scotland are families