Our vision for housing is simple: we need good homes for everyone, homes that are of a decent standard and are affordable. This vision has become more distant in the last 30 years, with rising house prices, a smaller social rented sector and more insecurity for private renters. With more Green MSPs we can propose measures to make affordable housing available for all, raise standards in private housing, and end fuel poverty.
The Scottish Greens will push for action to increase the amount of social housing, control rents, increase security of tenure and improve management in the private sector. We need at least 12,000 new social rented homes to be built each year, and thousands more than that just to meet population growth and replace older housing. This will require many new jobs and training opportunities to meet demand. We will support ways to gradually reduce house prices and to improve the quality of new zero-carbon housing. We believe that renting should be a positive option, and that our homes must be affordable to buy, affordable to rent and affordable to heat.