New Deal for Tenants

The Scottish Conservatives support a private rental market which allows tenants a wide choice of affordable properties, whilst still protecting their rights. We support measures to increase tenants’ rights where appropriate, but these proposals will not fix the fundamental problems facing the private tenancy market today.

We are concerned that aspects of the New Deal for Tenants will reduce the availability of rented accommodation. While we all want to improve tenant’s rights, we must also ensure that landlords do not leave the market and stop offering secure long-term accommodation. Nevertheless, we are prepared to consider whatever proposals are brought forward in this area with a view to scrutinising and improving them where necessary.

If the SNP really want to deliver affordable rents, they need to build more affordable housing, but this is something they have failed to do in their 15 years in power.  In the last parliament, they promised to build 50,000 affordable homes, but only built around 41,000. Worst yet, between 2016 and 2020, their rural housing fund built only 68 homes.

The SNP clearly cannot be trusted to build new homes, and an ambitious alternative is needed. In our 2021 manifesto, we outlined plans to build 60,000 new affordable homes over the course of this Parliament – with 40,000 of these being new social housing. We would aim to increase overall house building across all sectors to 25,000 per year by the end of the Parliament.

Housing is a complex issue, but building more homes continues to be the best solution, and we will continue to pressure the SNP to do this.