SNP MP Supports Rent Control Plan
By |Published On: 11th August 2015|

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SNP MP Supports Rent Control Plan

By |Published On: 11th August 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

SNP MP Supports Rent Control Plan

SNP MP Supports Rent Control Plan

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Mhairi Black is supporting rent control plans in Scotland.

At 20-years-old, Black is the youngest elected MP for 350 years. She overthrew Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, in the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat in the general election.

She believes that now is the right time for rent controls: “Rising rent prices are putting huge pressure on people. Inflated rent prices prevent students getting suitable accommodation and it is time for a change.”1 

The Living Rent Campaign’s Alasdair Clark, comments: “We’re thrilled to add Mhairi Black’s support to a long list of politicians, trade unions and civic organisations who have pledged their support for rent controls.

“Rising house prices and a lack of social housing means more and more people are being forced into one of the least regulated private rented sectors in Europe.

“Rents are rising at unaffordable levels across Scotland, forcing some tenants to choose between paying their rent and eating. It’s clear that there is no solution to Scotland’s housing crisis that doesn’t involve rent controls.

“Looking to countries like Germany and the Netherlands, which have well regulated and thriving private rental sectors, rent controls work across Europe and are the right option for Scotland too.”1 

The Scottish Government is proposing rent controls in certain areas, which would be included in a new housing bill.


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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