Rent Pressure Zones

Policy group recommends proposals to devolve rent controls to local councils

Scotland’s system of rent controls is not working but can be fixed by handing communities more power, according to a new report by a policy group founded by SNP members. 

Published 29 October 2020

Kate Campbell: Council intervenes to ease pressures in private rented sector

Housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Cllr Kate Campbell, writes about how the City of Edinburgh Council is intervening to help those living in the private rented sector.

Published 29 August 2019

Expert highlights rent controls as key to reducing poverty in Edinburgh

The independent chair of a commission tasked with tackling poverty in Edinburgh has called for the introduction of strict rent controls in the city.

Published 30 April 2019

Tenants call for 'unworkable' Rent Pressure Zones to be replaced with nationwide rent controls

Scotland's "unworkable" Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently replaced with a system of "proper rent controls", according to a new report.

Published 20 February 2019

More clarity required into introduction of rent pressure zones

The City of Edinburgh Council is to request that the Scottish Government conducts a review into the effectiveness of a rent pressure zone (RPZ) after a report found that the policy is not fit for purpose.

Published 6 November 2018

Highland Council needs more research before making rent pressure zone application

More research and local dialogue is required in order for Highland Council to consider making a rent pressure zone (RPZ) application, councillors have heard.

Published 30 May 2018

Blog: A new PRS in time for Christmas

To mark today’s introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy, Ashley Campbell outlines the ramifications of the new regime.

Published 1 December 2017

Blog: We're changing private renting for the better

With just over a week before the introduction of a new private residential tenancy in Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart explains why the changes will benefit renters.

Published 23 November 2017

Councillors to discuss possibility of Rent Pressure Zone for Inverness

Councillors are to consider moves to introduce a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) across Inverness following claims of “extortionate” sums being charged.

Published 24 October 2017

Edinburgh should be first city to be declared a rent pressure zone, say Greens

The City of Edinburgh Council should be at the head of the queue to use new legal powers to tackle soaring rents in the private rented sector, the city’s Green councillors have argued.

Published 3 October 2017

Councillors vote to pursue Rent Pressure Zones in Glasgow

A motion to commission a report to investigate the possibility of introducing Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) across Glasgow has been approved by councillors.

Published 20 September 2017

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care, and to reduce damage to public health caused by poor housing.

Published 31 May 2016

SNP conference backs national rent control proposal

Delegates at the SNP Spring Conference have voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution committing the party to supporting the introduction of national rent controls for all tenants.

Published 14 March 2016

Majority of Scots support points-based rent controls, Green survey reveals

The Scottish Green Party has stepped up its calls for action on the cost of renting a home as a new poll revealed most Scots support a points-based system of rent controls.

Published 17 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill amendments ‘welcome, but not enough’, say campaigners

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.

Published 10 February 2016