Soaring rents in the Highlands and Islands demonstrate the need for a system of rent controls to be introduced, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP Ariane Burgess (pictured) has said.
New statistics published this week show that between 2010 and 2021 the average rent for a 2-bedroom property in the Highlands and Islands increased by 21.6%.
The Scottish Greens have secured a commitment to introduce a national system of rent controls, as part of an agreement with the Scottish Government, which will see a package of enhanced rights for tenants delivered.
Commenting, Ariane Burgess MSP said:
“Many of my constituents across the Highlands and Islands, along with tenants across the country, have faced eye watering rent rises in recent years.
“We simply cannot leave something as fundamental as people’s homes to market forces.
“That’s why I’m proud that the Scottish Greens will bring rent controls back to Scotland as part of a fair deal for Scotland’s renters.”