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More politicians demand rent freeze and evictions ban

Welsh nationalists have called for a rent freeze and eviction ban to emulate that happening now in Scotland.

Plaid Cymru, the party of Welsh nationalists, says the Labour-led Welsh government is dragging its heels on the issue of rent controls.

Plaid Cymru’s housing spokesperson, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS, has accused the Welsh Government of being behind the Scottish Government on the issue. 


In response the Labour minister responsible for housing, Julie James, confirmed she was looking at options and was “actively in contact” with the Scottish Government, however, had not yet reviewed its research.

The announcement from the Scottish Government to freeze rents and ban evictions came on September 6 and are set to remain in place until the end of next March at least, with a possible extension of up to a year beyond that date.

Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson on housing and planning Mabon ap Gwynfor MS says: “The Labour Welsh Government is fiddling while Wales freezes. There’s no sense of urgency, and in the meantime, the cold fingers of winter creep ever closer.

“That work should have been commissioned and completed as soon as possible, and yet we find out that the Welsh Government are still at the stage of gathering evidence.

“Plaid Cymru saw this coming down the tracks and have repeated our calls at every opportunity. Numerous anti-poverty campaigners and charities, including Shelter Cymru have been calling for this. Scottish Government clearly did their work. Meanwhile the Labour Welsh Government has been dragging its heels.

“Time is very short, and Welsh Government urgently need to set out their timetable for when action could be taken, because winter will be on us before we know it.”

In Scotland the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Bill gives ministers temporary power to cap rents for private and social tenants, as well as for student accommodation. 

The Bill also introduces a moratorium on evictions.

The vote in the Scottish Parliamentast evening was 89 to 27 - there was widespread expectation that the measure would be passed.

This cap, which applies to in-tenancy rent increases, has initially been set at 0 per cent from until at least March 31 2023. Ministers have the power to vary the rent cap while it is in force. 

The measures can be extended over two further six-month periods.

Evictions are banned over the same period except in a number of specified circumstances, and damages for unlawful evictions have been increased to a maximum of 36 months’ worth of rent.

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    Coming soon to an England near you?

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    Plaid Cymru and The SNP are completely racists and Welsh labour is not very far behind.

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    Kids playing with a toy they won’t be happy with until it’s broken. Totally detached from the real world and how economics work.

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    Just had notice that my buy2let mortgage has just gone up again. In August it increased by £45.21 and from 1st October it will increase by another £45.18. Fortunately we can absorb those increases for now, but that cannot go increasing. The tenant has only been in there five months and the flat is in excellent condition and location with a rent to match. It would not be right to increase the rent and my hope is that sanity will prevail and rates will drop or at least stop increasing.

    I am in a fortunate position but am aware that others are not so fortunate and the gap between rental income and mortgage payments is much narrower. Those landlords will be tempted to sell, especially when agents etc are forecasting a drop in house prices. With the Welsh and Scottish government’s determination to hammer landlords, selling up will look more attractive by the day.

    Where will the tenants go? There are few new council/housing association properties being built.

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    Carl Lindbeck once said that “rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”

  • Barry X

    Perhaps following the spirit of such legislation as the Tenants Fees Act 2019 there should now be a corresponding Politicians Fees Act that outlaws any fees or income for MPs other than a short list of narrowly defined things such as bus fares (but not taxi fares or any other such "luxuries") into Westminster (only, but nowhere else) provided evidenced with receipts and proof they spent the whole day at work and didn't then just go shopping or to their club or something...

    ...and outlawing them from having two or more jobs (they should be full-time MPs once elected), and "controls" on their total income (which should be less than the market rate, whatever that is, and certainly less than they already earn)...

    ...and then a 0% rise set for the next 3 years at least.......

    I wonder how they'll feel about that and how many of them will vote for it to become law?


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