Gordon MacRae, Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, says:
“If 35% of under-35 year-olds are to be reliant on private landlords for a home by 2014, it is absolutely vital that the Scottish Parliament reforms the private rented sector.
“This reinforces our call to address the chronic shortage of affordable homes to rent and the need to look again early in the new Scottish Parliament at the future role of private tenancies in Scotland.
“In particular, Shelter Scotland wants the Government to address key issues such as advice and information for tenants experiencing problems, ensuring the Tenancy Deposit Scheme gets up and running as soon as possible, reforming the tenancy regime to make it fit for the 21st Century and a renewed focus on repair and energy efficiency.”
This report comes ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government’s Housing Policy Statement. Shelter Scotland hopes that a key facet of that statement will be about how it intends to address the issue of a chronic shortage of affordable homes across Scotland.
The report can be viewed at:
Notes to Editors:
1. Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity. Shelter Scotland believes that everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
2. Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line number is available for broadcast interviews.
3. For more information about Shelter Scotland visit www.shelter.org.uk
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