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New Legislation Introduced to Protect Tenants During Cost of Living Crisis

UK house prices rise again in July

Tenants in Highland Perthshire will be among those to benefit from a new piece of legislation that introduces rent caps and prevention of evictions due to the cost-of-living crisis.

The new legislation applies to private and social tenants, as well as those living in student accommodation. The initial cap began on Tuesday 6th of September 2022 and is set at zero percent and will run until at least Friday 31st of March 2023.

Tenants’ Rights Minister, Patrick Harvie, said: “I am pleased that Parliament has passed this Bill to support tenants through the current cost of living crisis. People who rent their home are more likely to live in poverty or be on low incomes than other people, and many will be anxious about keeping up payments on their homes as their everyday expenses rise.

“With this Bill now set to become law, tenants in the social or private rented sector, or in student accommodation, will have stability in their homes and housing costs.

“I’m hugely grateful to MSPs for scrutinising and agreeing this legislation this week, ensuring these protections can be brought in with the urgency that this crisis demands.”

Scottish Government Ministers have the power to vary the rent cap while it is in force and the measures can be extended over two six-month periods.

The enforcement of eviction actions resulting from the cost crisis will be prevented except in a number of specified circumstances. Damages for unlawful evictions have also been increased to a maximum of 36 months of rent.

This new legislation has been brought in to balance the protection that is needed for tenants with some safeguards for landlords who may also be affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

To read more about how the bill affects both tenants and landlords visit the Scottish Government website.

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