Landlords and tenants across Scotland will be consulted over plans to impose rent restrictions north of the border.
Scottish Labour wants to introduce new legislation linking rents to average wages, with tenants given the power to challenge unfair charges.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has made no secret of his desire to control rents and limit the power of private landlords in Scotland, despite concerns that it could have an adverse impact on tenants.
In his keynote speech to Scottish Labour’s spring conference earlier this year, he detailed his vision to reshape the rental sector in Scotland, including the introduction of a new “Mary Barbour law” to protect tenants.
The proposed ‘Mary Barbour law’ is named after the Red Clydeside political activist who played a leading role in the rent strikes of 1915.
Now Leonard has reiterated his intention to reform the rental market in Scotland.
He said: “Too many young families are caught in a vicious cycle – a lack of affordable public housing forces people to rent privately and as a result many are paying rip-off rents which stops them saving for a deposit to buy their own home.
“Our proposals for a Mary Barbour law will seek to regulate the private rented sector to ensure that no one is forced to rent a home that pushes them into poverty or falls below the standards needed to protect their physical and mental health and well-being.
“A home is a basic fundamental human right. The Scottish Parliament must endure that that everyone can exercise this right to live in security, peace, and dignity.
“While the SNP tinkers around the edges, Labour will deliver real change. The first step towards that is this a major discussion paper to guide our reforms.”
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