TENANTS in the private rented sector are expected to be further protected from rent increases until at least the end of March next year.
Says a Scottish Government announcement, here, what began as an ’emergency’ rent freeze – in light of the relatively recent ‘cost-of-living crisis’ – looks set to be extended.
Begins the announcement: “Tenants’ Rights Minister, Patrick Harvie, has confirmed proposals to keep the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act measures in place until March 31 2024 at the latest. This would mean:
- Most in-tenancy private rent increases would continue to be capped at three per cent;
- Alternatively, private landlords could apply for increases of up to six per cent to help cover certain increases in costs in a specified time period where these costs can be evidenced;
- Enforcement of evictions would continue to be paused for six months for most tenants, except in a number of specified circumstances; and
- Increased damages for unlawful evictions of up to 36 months’ worth of rent would continue to be applicable.”
The announcement adds: “Social rented sector tenants are protected by the voluntary agreement reached with social landlords on below-inflation rent increases for this financial year.”
Pictured: On the River Clyde, Glasgow, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland
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