£10k fight to stop rent cap and eviction moratorium in Scotland

Landlords and agents are urged to back a crowdfunding effort to fund a judicial review against the country's damaging rental sector policies.

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Landlords are being urged to back a £10,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund a judicial review against Scotland’s damaging rental sector policies before existing measures are extended beyond the legal cut-off date in September.

The crowdfunding is being led by a coalition of organisations from across the UK’s private rented sector including the National Residential Landlords Association, Propertymark, the Scottish Association of Landlords and Scottish Land and Estates.

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The campaign follows a decision by the Scottish Government to develop a rent freeze and ban on repossessions in the private rented sector without a proper consultation with stakeholders.

The Scottish Government’s restrictions have been widely criticised with the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland warning that the rent cap will “undermine tenants’ housing outcomes” by choking off the supply of homes available to rent.

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Ben Beadle, CEO, NRLA

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, says: “Renters across Scotland are being hit by policies which undermine the supply of the very homes they need.

“It is deeply worrying that such damaging and short-sighted policies can be developed without proper consultation with stakeholders.

“I urge all those wanting sensible policy that works for both renters and responsible landlords to support the campaign.”

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords, adds: “Our job is to stand up for our members and to represent their views.

Arbitrary rent freezes and eviction bans are making it harder to solve Scotland’s housing crisis.”

“Arbitrary rent freezes and eviction bans discriminate against private landlords, reduce investment and harm both landlords and tenants, while making it harder to solve Scotland’s housing crisis.

“With pressure being placed on landlords by governments throughout the UK, now more than ever, landlords all over the country need to work together in ensuring our voice is heard.”

At the time of going to pixel the campaign had already raised £3,195 from 19 pledges.

Help fund the campaign HERE.


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