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MSP Wants Government To Act
Motherwell and Wishaw MSP, John Pentland, has called for rising private sector rents to be tackled by new laws.
Information released by letting agents 'Your Move' show the average rent across the region has reached a new high of £570.
The national average in Scotland is just under £550, meaning people across North Lanarkshire could be paying over the odds.
The figures, which impact people across the region, shows a spike in landlord returns, and more tenants struggling to pay their rent on time.
The figures also show an annual increase of 4.6% – the highest of any region across Scotland.
With over 8000 private renters in North Lanarkshire, John Pentland believes the SNP Government should admit they got it wrong and revisit Labour’s plans.
He believes the SNP must stop “turning a blind eye” and should look to reform the rental sector.
The MSP said: “These new figures show landlords making more whilst more tenants struggle, the SNP Government cannot continue to turn a blind eye to rent reform.
“The 8000 private renters in North Lanarkshire deserve better than that.
“We need to reform the private rental sector to make it work for everyone, rather than simply act as a cash cow for landlords. It needs to serve families unable to get a foot on the property ladder or access to social housing.
“I back Scottish Labour plans to ban rip-off rent rises. This is about making the system fit for purpose. When the SNP opposed our plans last year they sided with Tories and bad landlords, rather than with tenants across Scotland.”