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Rent freeze in UK can be template for action across Europe - claim

The so-called emergency rent freeze and eviction ban in Scotland “can serve as a Europe-wide template for protecting tenants rights” according to the Green Party.

The freeze - agreed 10 days ago by the Scottish Parliament, and applying to the private and social rented sectors - means almost two million people will have their rents capped for at least six months in response to the cost of living crisis, with the possibility of being extended further. 

Green Party housing spokesperson Ariane Burgess says: “This new Bill ensures vital protections for tenants across Scotland in the face of the ongoing cost of living crisis and provides much needed relief for a huge part of the population most exposed to the crisis.


“These are the most progressive set of tenants’ rights anywhere in the UK and are attracting attention from other nations across Europe as they look to react to the ongoing economic challenges for the hardest hit in the face of winter.

“It has been a remarkable effort from activists, representative organisations and politicians to seize the moment amid ever mounting economic crisis to ensure these provisions have been put in place.

“As a party member, I am particularly proud to have been in the Chamber as our co-leader Patrick Harvie made history as the first Green Minister anywhere in the UK to have a Bill become law, not least given its vital importance.

“He and colleagues have worked around the clock to deliver this under detailed scrutiny, and they should take deep satisfaction knowing that their efforts will do so much good.

“Progressive tenants’ rights are at the heart of green policies and this is just the start of a journey which was set out in the New Deal for Tenants last year. 

“That journey continues. But immediate action was also necessary to address the immediate crisis caused in the most part by this blundering Tory government, their dangerous economic gambles, and their shameful disregard for the welfare of those most in need.

“This shows a stark difference between Greens and Tories, and shows the benefit of having Scottish Greens in Government, something which voters are increasingly recognising.“

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  • George Dawes

    I’d rather vote for the monster raving loony party

    At least they make sense

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    Bring back Screaming Lord Sutch!

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    Rent freeze what a load of rubbish by clueless people, don’t know the business creating so much unfairness, injustice and total discriminating against landlords who have looked after their Tenants offering reasonable Rents. So the proposal is to freeze low Rents a guarantee high Rents ?.
    Just take an example I have a 5 bed house for £2’200, pm next
    door 3 bed let for £3’900, pm W5. Another example 2 bed Garden Flat £1’200, pm W3 similar Flat same road was let for £1’850 pm. So right your intention is to freeze it like that do me a favour, the Nation’s of Europe are watching to copy you, well it would be something stupid to copy. What happens to the Market value of the property on low Rent ?. Is it going to nose dive who would want to buy it when you can buy similar with Rents guaranteed @ 30/40% more.


    I would not have my properties that below the market, if this rent freeze comes in you will have difficulty in increasing them to where they should be…. Unless you evict.

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    This is nonsense of course,…. But, that doesn’t mean it will not be brought in.

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    The whole idea is for the far left to make property a non commodity of value by placing so many restrictions on it until we get to the Havana stage that’s their true aim and for anyone that went to Cuba a few years back well that’s a glimpse of their wish for the future

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    “A new deal for tenants”. Mmm. Sounds more like deal or no deal. More likely the latter! 😀👋

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    If they want to bring about the greatest shortages of rental properties in the shortest possible time, then yes it could be a template to be used across Europe.


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