GLASGOW City Council has passed a motion in support of a campaign calling for reform of the private rented sector.
The Council unanimously signed up to support Shelter Scotland’s ‘Make Renting Right’ campaign which aims to make Scotland’s growing private rented sector ‘fit for families and fairer for all.’
In Glasgow, almost 50,000 households rent privately.
Across Scotland a shortage of affordable housing has led to a substantial growth in private renting, with 312,000 families and individuals now calling the private rented sector home. Of these, more than 80,000 house families with children.
According to Shelter Scotland, private renting operates under an outdated tenancy regime that is not suited to providing a safe and secure environment for people to put down stable foundations in their communities.
Adam Lang, Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland, said:
“We are pleased that Glasgow City Council has joined our calls for a better private rented sector for tenants and landlords.
“Along with the council, we want to see a private rented sector that is fit for families and protects all tenants – a sector that provides long-term homes, not short-term housing.
“Too often we hear of people being moved on, evicted or rents increased unreasonably, forcing people into the disruptive cycle of having to move house – every six months in some cases – preventing them from ever being able to put down strong roots and being part of a community.
“In the 21st century, we need a private rented sector that is modern, stable, flexible, predictable and fair for those individuals and families that call it home.”