Rent caps and regulation of private landlords

There should be rent caps and more regulation of private landlords. Local authorities need to have more powers and do more to check up on landlords to ensure basic standards are met. There is often poor upkeep of housing which leads to areas deteriorating.

Prices can be very high, and keep going up. An example was given of how the government had a scheme investing in central heating in houses which was used by private landlords to drive up prices (which forced people out).

Why the contribution is important

Housing is poor quality and expensive in many areas. Private rented landlords need to be regulated to make sure they are providing what they have to and looking after areas so they don’t become blighted.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 05:00PM

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  • Posted by HomelessNeighbour October 27, 2015 at 13:32

    The Living Rent Campaign has good ideas, based on the experience elsewhere in Europe:
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 02, 2015 at 14:23

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    It is important for communities that housing is well maintained. No one wants to live next to housing that isn’t well maintained.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 13:02

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    Private landlords get more housing benefit money than social landlords but the standard of private rent stock is extremely poor but if rents are capped with no income how can more houses be built?

    Individuals in rented accommodation are too scared to raise their voices and complain they have no-where to go for support. Some people want to live in a rural area so don’t have much choice in where they live or who they rent from.

    This is important because tenants in private rented accommodation feel too scared to raise voices and feel they have nowhere to go for support.
  • Posted by Stevep February 04, 2016 at 15:03

    needs to be an acceptance that landlords are not social enterprises - they exist to make a profit. If they're not making profits then the houses for rent wouldn't be there at all and we'd all be worse off.
    There should be more regulation of landlords to ensure that they provide good quality, safe accommodation though - maybe a publicly accessible rating scheme with incentives to reward landlords that perform well funded by penalties on those who don't?
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