Private sector rent freeze partially lifted

A FREEZE on private sector rent increases – coming to a close at the end of this month (as announced here) – has been partially lifted, to be succeeded by a three per cent cap.

MSPs yesterday agreed that the cap should operate at least up to the end of September, with “defined and limited circumstances” allowing landlords to raise their rent by up to six per cent, “to help cover certain increases in costs”.

And MSPs also decided to continue a ‘pause’ on evictions will continue “for up to six months except in a number of specified circumstances”.

Says a Scottish Government announcement, here: “As previously announced [here], the social sector rent freeze has been replaced with agreements from landlords to keep any rent increase for 2023-24 well below inflation.

“The rent cap for student accommodation is to be suspended, recognising its limited impact on annual rents set on the basis of an academic year.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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