10 July 2012

Moving towards a Strategy for the Private Rented Sector

EHAP has called on the Scottish Government to find strategies to make the Private Rented Sector more attractive for a wider range of tenant groups

Responding to the Scottish Government Consultation on 'A Strategy for the Scottish Private Rented Sector', EHAP has advised that it is important that Private Sector tenants are not significantly disadvantaged compared to those in other tenure types.

Issues around the affordability of owner occupied housing and the availability of social rented accommodation has meant that there has been increasing pressure on the Private Rented Sector to meet the demand for good quality, affordable housing.

Although regulation of the Private Sector has improved in recent years, the legislation covering it has developed in a largely piecemeal fashion.  EHAP welcomes the Scottish Government's focus on consolidating the way in which this regulation is applied in order to ensure that tenants rights are as protected as possible.

EHAP has recommended that the Government should, in revisiting the strategy for the Private Rented Sector, seek to align the sector with recent developments in the owner occupied and social rented sectors by introducing Pre-Action Requirements (PARs), which will ensure a minimum standard in cases where landlords seek repossession of properties.  Tenants in the Private Sector often feel insecure, and short-term tenancies do little to promote stability for those seeking longer-term housing solutions.

Finally, in our response, EHAP encouraged the Scottish Government to do as much as possible to mitigate the negative impacts on housing which are likely to be a consequence of the UK Government's Welfare Reform agenda.  Solutions which reflect the particular housing and social issues in Edinburgh and Scotland are more likely to bring an effective response to our own particular local issues.

EHAP's response to the Scottish Government's Consultation on 'A Strategy for the Scottish Private Rented Sector' can be seen here.

The Consultation is now closed.

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