Private sector rent controls in Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon is an advocate of rent controls, she has outlined plans in the Scottish Parliament to introduce them through a Private Tenancies Bill, personally I have always thought some form of rent control would be the most sensible way of keeping a cap on private sector rents, however this method of controlling rents should be researched at depth to ensure they work without harming both Landlord and Tenant.
The introduction of rent controls as exists in Germany cannot acheive the required outcome unless they go hand in hand with other changes such as tax incentives and land releases, making changes without looking at the bigger picture could quite honestly make a shambles of the delicately balanced private rented sector.
According to an article by Dr John Boyle spokesperson for PRS 4 Scotland he says, they are putting forward a “framework” that offers a basis to do this and we will be working with government and opposition parties to address the real issues in housing but also warning of the dangers of adopting a rent control system which would be so detrimental to tenants, landlord and indeed homeowners in Scotland.
Original article can be seen: http://www.scotsman.com/news/rented-sector-needs-proper-policy-to-solve-shortage-1-3883461