Our vision for housing is for good-quality homes that are affordable to buy, affordable to rent and affordable to heat. There should be more social housing; better control of rents; and better management in the private sector.
Green councillors will:
- Help people who rent to create a stable home. We will support making information about good letting agencies and landlords easily available, support action against bad landlords and letting agents, and push for rent controls to limit rent rises that would push people out of their home.
- Continue to campaign to make energy efficiency of existing houses a priority to create warm homes, reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty.
- Help homeowners to make homes wind and watertight with a trusted not-for-profit service to manage major repairs, including to tenements. We will explore more ways to help with the cost of repairs - for example, with grants for low income households, interest-free loans, or options to defer paying repair costs until the property is sold.
- Work to bring Scotland’s 27,000 empty homes back into use.
- Support new housing cooperatives or initiatives to bring rented property into shared management.
- Support new social rented homes to be built each year – we need at least 12,000 across Scotland each year just to meet population growth and replace older housing. This will need land to be available at low cost through a new Council power to buy land for housing at ‘existing use value’.
- Prioritise new housing that is affordable, low-carbon, built on brownfield sites and connected to local services like schools and shops. To help deliver housing and reduce land speculation we will support proposals for a local ‘vacant land levy’.
- We will support action to drive up space standards, designing houses which are easy to adapt for independent living.
- Explore ways of taking into social ownership facilities like care homes and student housing where their owners cannot continue to manage them.