6 February 2019

Some households in the private rented sector faced a £1,500 rent increase in the past year, a major new report has found.

Analysis of data published by industry body Citylets reveals four bedroom properties in Scotland saw an average increase of £130.92 in their monthly rent last year – working out at a bill of more than £1,500 a year.

Even smaller properties have seen significant increases - £275 for one bedroom properties and over £700 for three bedrooms.

Recent research by Shelter found the number of people in Scotland who are struggling to pay for their home has increased by nearly a third in the last two years

Labour said the figures underlined the need for serious reform of the private rented sector.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing Pauline McNeil said:

“These eye-watering increases in private rents shows we urgently need to reform the private rented sector.

“The increasing numbers of families in the PRS who cannot access social housing or get on the property ladder are being hit with inflation busting increases to their rent.

“Scotland’s housing crisis is deepening, and it is clear radical action is needed to stop more people being made homeless.

“That is why Scottish Labour wants to cap rent rises with a Mary Barbour law, and make the system fairer for everyone.”

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