Scottish Greens welcome court decision on tenant protections

The vast majority of private sector rent increases are capped at 3% until March 31 thanks to the legislation

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a Court of Session ruling against a petition by landlords arguing against emergency tenants protections which were introduced to help people cope with the cost of living crisis. 

A Judicial review of the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 came with a strongly worded decision stating the case by the Scottish Association of Landlords and others fell “far short” in its arguments.

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Ariane Burgess MSP said: “Patrick Harvie’s Cost of Living Act has helped households across Scotland since it was introduced, and they will all be breathing a sigh of relief following today’s Court of Session ruling.

“We warmly welcome this ruling. It clearly endorses the urgent action we took to support families and tenants through the cost-of-living crisis, and will allow the Scottish Government to continue pushing ahead with further work.

“The decision also makes it abundantly clear that the case fell “far short” in its arguments. I hope this clarity encourages those who represent landlord interests to engage constructively as we develop a longer term framework. 

“With winter approaching, energy bills will rise and the cost of living crisis will worsen, making this work ever more important.”