Generation Rent writes to First Minister Yousaf on the status of the Housing Bill following end of Bute House Agreement

Following the end of the power sharing agreement between the SNP and Green Party in Scotland, Generation Rent has written to the First Minister to seek assurances that the government remains committed to the much-needed Housing (Scotland) Bill. A copy of the letter is available below.

Generation Rent is committed to working with the Scottish government to ensure that this Housing Bill works in the interest of renters across Scotland.

Dear First Minister,

Generation Rent hopes that you can address concerns that today’s developments regarding the Bute House Agreement could impact the Scottish Government’s plans to proceed with the Housing Bill.

As you know, your proposed changes under this Bill have the potential to drastically improve the lives of renters in Scotland, through long term plans to protect tenants from unaffordable rent increases, along with introducing stronger rights regarding pet ownership and decoration of our homes.

Renters across Scotland are looking forward to this Bill’s progress through the Scottish Parliament and are eager to see the proposed changes enter law.

Can you assure Generation Rent and Scotland’s renters that the government remains committed to the Housing Bill, and that you intend to introduce the protections for tenants within it as soon as possible?

I am due to meet your officials next month about this Bill but would also welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues with you at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Twomey

Chief Executive, Generation Rent


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