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:

  1. rents in the area are rising too much
  2. the rent rises are causing problems for the tenants
  3. 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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