Rent control campaign gathers momentum

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Green MSP Patrick Harvie  

​Backing for rent campaign increases among public as well as MSPs 

17th August 2015 by Robert Armour 3 Comments

Momentum is growing behind campaigners calling for rent controls in Scotland.

Campaigners from the Living Rent Campaign, calling for the reintroduction of rent controls in Scotland, have welcomed endorsements from politicians and groups across Scottish politics.

This weekend, the SNP Students conference voted overwhelmingly to back the call for rent controls, and Kezia Dugdale MSP, the newly-elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party, added her voice to the campaign.

The campaign has also been supported by SNP MPs Mhairi Black and Tommy Sheppard, as well as the two Green MSPs, Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone.

Cameron Hill, from the Living Rent Campaign, welcomed the support. "We have had enthusiastic support from across Scottish society, from trade unions and community groups, to politicians from the SNP, Greens, Labour and the Scottish Socialist Party.

"Unaffordable rents are driving people into poverty across Scotland, and there can be no answer to Scotland's housing crisis that doesn't include rent controls. This is an argument that is being won everywhere, from our streets and doorsteps to the corridors of power."

17th August 2015 by Rent Control Doesn't Work

Rent control doesn't work - already tried. Try building more housing, or land tax instead.Rent Control in Stockholm http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/07/rent-control.html

8th September 2015 by Build more houses!

Rent controls are the same as price controls. They disguise the problem but do not solve it. The solution to high rents is to build more houses, whether private landlords, social housing, housing associations or the council. More houses will mean lower prices due to more competition. Rents are high because not enough houses are being built - about 150,000 a year when the population is growing about 250,000 a year.

23rd March 2016 by Caleb

Rent control is HUGELY ineffective. This is something that both liberal and conservative economists agree upon and it is amazing that it is still proposed. It ruins the current housing supply, prevents future housing from being developed, and creates corruption in the housing market. This has been shown to be ineffective in many different instances. So not only does it hurt landlords, but it is REALLY bad for tenants. This is a great article explaining it all https://www.activerenter.com/rent-it-blog/rent-control