Letting agents respond to Scotland’s tenant protection Bill

Propertymark’s Head of Policy and Campaigns Timothy Douglas

RESPONDING to the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill completing its passage through the Scottish Parliament, Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns for Propertymark, said:

“The Scottish Government is making a habit of bringing in significant policy through the backdoor without gathering compelling evidence that is it needed.

“This emergency legislation must not be allowed to effectively become a pilot scheme that enables Ministers to wave through longer-term rent controls without meaningful consultation with the property sector, as they did earlier this year when making significant changes to the possessions process.

“The most effective solution to issues of affordability is to pursue policies that can help to provide more homes across all tenures, rather than continuing the constant assault on private landlords, who already have enough reasons to exit the market.”

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