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In certain parts of the country, rents in the private rented sector are spiralling out of control. Given that, for so many people, that sector provides the only housing option available, the case for rent controls must be brought back on to the agenda.
I move amendment S4M-08470.1, to leave out from “recent survey” to “represents” and insert:
“introduction of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and welcomes proposals for the regulation of letting agents; considers that, while private tenancy is the preferred housing option for many people, the dramatic growth of the private rented sector over recent years, combined with the lack of social rented housing and the cost of home ownership, leaves increasing numbers of people with no realistic choice other than a private sector tenancy; believes therefore that the private rented sector must be regulated in the interests of society, and urges the Scottish Government to add further measures to the Housing (Scotland) Bill, such as security of tenure, rent controls and stronger standards in relation to management, housing quality and energy performance”.