Rents in social and public housing across Scotland have increased above inflation year on year. Since the pandemic started in March 2020, tenants have been hard hit by decreased income, pushed into rent arrears, and experienced reduced services. Some housing associations and councils have decided to freeze rents, showing it can be done. However, many social landlords are still asking tenants to bear the costs of the pandemic by again increasing rents in 2021. With many having healthy cash reserves due to reduced operations in 2020, this is again putting more stress on tenants.
Living Rent members are organising against the planned rises in Glasgow Housing Association and Dunedin and Canmore Housing. Setting rent rises above inflation amidst of a pandemic is unfair and unjust: tenants should not be made to suffer even more.
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