Create a Leith Rent Pressure Zone
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We call upon City Of Edinburgh Council to formally request the Scottish Government to introduce a Rent Pressure Zone within the EH6 & EH7 areas, as per the provisions of the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016.
Since 1 December 2017 the City of Edinburgh Council can apply to the Scottish Government to have an area designated as a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) if they can prove that:
- rents in the area are rising too much
- the rent rises are causing problems for the tenants
- the local council is coming under pressure to provide housing or subsidise the cost of housing as a result
If an area is designated as an RPZ, it means a cap (a maximum limit) is set on how much rents are allowed to increase for existing tenants with a private residential tenancy each year in that area.
Any cap set by Scottish Ministers will be at least consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% – for example if CPI is 1.6%, the minimum cap set by Ministers would be 2.6%.
The cap can last for up to five years and will apply to existing tenants who have private residential tenancies only.
A Leith Rent Pressure Zone is by no means a solution to local housing poverty or the lack of affordable housing but is a key element in addressing those issues.
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