A new survey has revealed three in four Scots back rent caps north of the border to help curb increasing housing costs in property hotspots like Edinburgh.
The research by Survation for tenants’ union Living Rent also reveals that almost half of voters would be more likely to support a candidate for election if they back limits on prices, compared to 11% who say they would be less likely to.
High rents are a particular issue in the Scottish capital where the council is exploring the introduction of limits on rent charges
Campaigners are now calling on the Scottish government to follow the lead of countries across Europe by introducing a cap.
More than 1,000 adults living in Scotland took part in the poll.
Gordon Maloney, from Living Rent, said: “These figures should be a wake-up call to the Scottish government. Rent controls are enormously popular, and it is no surprise – far too many tenants across the country are being forced into poverty by sky-high rents.
“Now we need urgent action. If politicians turn a blind eye to the housing crisis, voters will not forgive them.”