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Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

Overview

The Bill changes the law about private rented housing in Scotland to try to control rent levels. The Bill adds to the law about private rented housing in the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

The Bill:

  • prevents a landlord from increasing rent by more than a set level (related to inflation)
  • allows a tenant to apply to the rent officer to have a ‘fair open market rent’ set for the property (a tenant can do this only once in any 12-month period)  
  • means that landlords must include details of the rent they charge in the public register known as the Scottish Landlord Register

The Bill also means that the Scottish Government has to publish a statement within 3 years. The statement must show how the Bill has affected rent levels in Scotland and how affordable private rented housing is.

You can find out more in the document prepared on behalf of Pauline McNeill MSP that explains the Bill.

Why the Bill was created

The aim of the Bill is to improve the way rents are set in private rented housing. This is intended to reduce poverty and support low income tenants and their families.  

The Bill aims to do this by limiting the amount a landlord can increase rent. It also aims to do this by allowing a tenant to apply for a fair open market rent to be set. This fair rent has to take into account the condition of the property and other issues. The Bill also aims to do this by improving the information that is available in public about rent levels.

You can find out more in the document prepared on behalf of Pauline McNeill MSP that explains the Bill.

Where do laws come from?

The Scottish Parliament can make decisions about many things like:

  • agriculture and fisheries
  • education and training
  • environment
  • health and social services
  • housing
  • justice and policing
  • local government
  • some aspects of tax and social security

These are 'devolved matters'.

Laws that are decided by the Scottish Parliament come from:

Bill stage timeline

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill is currently at Introduced

Introduced

The Member in charge of the Bill, Pauline McNeill MSP sends the Bill and related documents to the Parliament.

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill as introduced

Related information on the Bill

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