On 20th December the Scottish Government launched its plans to deliver a “fairer rented sector” in Scotland which “meets the needs of tenants and welcomes responsible landlords”. The proposals include developing a national system of rent controls for the private rented sector, as well as measures to ensure minimum standards and stronger enforcement of regulations. These have all been the subject of CaCHE research, including current projects.
Scotland’s Rented Sector Strategy will be the focus of the next Scottish Housing Policy Conference, which will be jointly delivered by CaCHE and Policy Scotland.
The conference will be online during the week beginning 7 February 2022, with events taking place from 2pm to 4pm on Tueday 8 February, Wednesday 9 February and Thursday 10 February.
In addition to this, ahead of the event, Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights, will join us for a special introductory session on Monday 7 February.
We invite everyone with an interest in housing and the future direction of the rented sector in Scotland to attend.
Discussions will revolve around the various demand groups, supply considerations, and mismatches in demand and supply in the rented sector. There will be contributions on build-to-rent, mid-market rent, purpose-built student accommodation, short-term lets, low-income renters, landlords, as well as specific policy instruments including rent controls.
Speakers will include:
- Professor Ken Gibb, CaCHE Director
- Professor Duncan MacLennan, University of Glasgow
- Dr Thomas Simcock, Edge Hill University
- Dr Kim McKee, University of Stirling
- Anna Evans, Indigo House
- John Blackwood, Scottish Association of Landlords
- Christa Reekie, Scottish Futures Trust.