Question reference: S6W-23575
- Date lodged: 5 December 2023
Current status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 19 December 2023
To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce proposals for the rent adjudication process.
The emergency, temporary measures within the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 are expected to remain in place until 31 March 2024. To support a transition away from those measures, the Act contains a regulation-making power to temporarily reform the rent adjudication process, this is to mitigate the risk of unintended steep rent increases that could occur if the temporary rent cap ended without modification to rent adjudication to ease the transition.
This regulation-making power is subject to the affirmative procedure, ensuring that appropriate Parliamentary scrutiny is given to the necessity for any temporary changes proposed. Therefore, to ensure that the regulations have gone through the appropriate scrutiny and are in place from 1 April, they will be laid before Parliament no later than 25 January 2024.
Prior to that, the Scottish Government will undertake a short, targeted consultation period with key rental sector stakeholders - including tenant, landlord and investor representatives - on the temporary rent adjudication measures being proposed. The consultation period commenced on 15 December.