Tue 6 Sep, 2022

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the First Minister’s announcement of a rent freeze and an eviction ban until at least March, which they say will provide “vital stability and support” for tenants across Scotland at a time when many are suffering.

The announcement was made as part of the Programme for Government.

Commenting after the announcement, The Scottish Greens Housing spokesperson, Ariane Burgess MSP said:

“Improving tenants rights and tackling inequality are at the heart of the cooperation agreement that we agreed with the Scottish Government and must be at the heart of our recovery.”

“With soaring inflation, skyrocketing bills and increasing rents, these are desperate times for tenants all across Scotland.”

“We are facing the biggest social emergency for decades. The rent freeze and eviction ban that the First Minister announced will provide vital stability and support for tenants across Scotland at a time when many are suffering. It is one of the steps we are taking, in partnership with the Scottish Government, to mitigate the damage being done by Downing Street and the energy companies.”

“Over the course of this parliamentary term Scotland will see the biggest expansion of tenants rights since devolution, with more rights for tenants to make a house a home by keeping pets and decorating, better protections from eviction and, perhaps most importantly, a robust system of rent controls.”

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