Feelings are running high in Scotland where the Scottish Government has launched a second consultation into a reform of the private rented sector, including the indefinite extension of a tenancy after an initial period of six months or a year.
The new paper underlines that the Government is already firmly “committed” to the removal of the no-fault ground in seeking possession of the property.
It means that landlords cannot reclaim their properties simply because a fixed rental term has come to an end.
The consultation, which runs until May 10, proposes 11 modernised grounds to use if they wish to regain possession of their property, including a new ground if they wish to sell.
It also proposes allowing tenants faced with rent rises to seek arbitration.
Specific measures may also be introduced to combat excessive increases in areas such as Aberdeen and the Lothians where rental demand is very strong.
The new paper, which has been welcomed by Shelter, may well provide something of a template for what could happen south of the border if Labour wins the election.
The latest consultation in Scotland, where letting agent fees have been banned since 2012, follows an initial consultation last year which received over 2,500 responses. Final proposals will be included in a Bill to be laid before the Scottish Parliament in the autumn.
Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “These changes to existing tenancy laws are designed to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, investors and lenders.
“Our vision is for a private rented sector that provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspires consumer confidence, and encourages growth through attracting increased investment.
“By creating a new and simplified system we will have better property management, while tenants and landlords will be provided with more clarity and a better understanding of what the tenancy agreement means for them.
“Tenants will have more security and can no longer be asked to leave their home simply because their tenancy agreement has reached its end date. They can assert their rights without fear of eviction.”
The consultation is here