‘Living Rent’ Campaign Response

A re-elected SNP Government will deliver a further 100,000 affordable homes by 2032 with at least 70% of these for social rent. 

Furthermore, we will develop a new Rented Sector Strategy in 2021. This will provide greater protections from unreasonable rent increases and give people affordable choices when renting, and increasing protections for tenants.

We will reform existing Rent Pressure Zone legislation to ensure local authorities can use it to directly address unreasonably high rents in localised areas. These changes will be incorporated in a new Housing Bill early in the next Parliament.

We will introduce a new Housing Standard, set in law by 2025 to cover all homes ensuring that the quality of existing homes keeps pace with new homes. This Housing Standard will include repairing and safety standards, minimum space standards, digital connectivity, future-proofing of homes, and energy efficiency and heating standards.

Fiona Hyslop