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Leading housing body declares Scotland is in the grip of a housing emergency


The Scottish budget fell far short of what the sector has been asking for

Scotlands Chartered Institute of Housing has declared a housing emergency at a two-day conference in Glasgow.

The body will discuss housing shortages during the event and call for action from both the UK and Scottish governments to address what it sees as a worsening situation across the country.

The event brings together around 800 housing professionals, speakers, and exhibitors to discuss the latest issues, challenges, and solutions for the sector.  

Last year three local authorities – Argyll and Bute, Edinburgh and Glasgow –declared housing emergencies but more are expected to follow suit.

And last week it was reported that the Scottish Government had reduced the affordable housing supply budget by £196m, with new homeless figures suggesting more than 30,000 people currently have nowhere permanent to live. 

CIH Scotland national director, Callum Chomczuk, said: “Scotland is the midst of a housing emergency, and we need a political response. 

“We want to see the UK budget on Thursday provide increased spending, increased capital spending and clarity over future Financial Transaction allocations, which would mean more funding could be provided for affordable housing in the coming year.  

“However, we also want to see the Scottish government prioritise the delivery and building of affordable  housing.

“We want to see the affordable housing budget front loaded so social landlords can keep building, as it is always going to cheaper to build today than it is tomorrow.  

“The Scottish budget last week fell far short of what the sector has been asking for, but it is never too late to invest in people, invest in communities and invest in social housing. We need an emergency plan and funding for delivering the social homes Scotland needs.” 

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “This survey of a small number of landlords is at odds with what the latest Scottish Landlord Register data show, where the number of registered properties for rent in Scotland between August 2022 (339,632) and January 2024 (345,374) has increased by 1.7%.

“Private renting is a very dynamic sector and has always been characterised by some landlords leaving and others entering.

“Our emergency legislation has protected tenants at a time when private rents have been rising steeply across the UK. Since April 1 2023, private landlords have been able to increase a tenant’s rent in-tenancy by up to 3% or can apply to Rent Service Scotland for approval of an increase of up to 6% in specific circumstances.

“The emergency measures also included safeguards for those landlords who may be impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.”



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