The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a ‘Mary Barbour’ law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls.
Mary Barbour was a leading campaigner during the rent strikes of 1915.
Labour’s proposals include linking rents to average wages; and giving tenants the power to challenge rents and submit claims for rent reductions.
The proposals, which would form a Private Member’s Bill, go further than the Scottish Government’s Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act which came into force on December 1, and which restricts rent rises to once a year.
Labour housing spokesperson Pauline McNeill said: “There is a housing crisis in Scotland. There is a lack of affordable public housing and so people are forced to rent privately and as a result are paying rip-off rents which stops them saving for a deposit to buy their own home.
“Rent controls are vital to stop this happening and to give people hope that they can have secure, affordable tenancies.”
Once the Bill has been drawn up, there will be a consultation.