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Scottish landlords could be pushed to raise their rents because of measures announced in today's budget, according to the Scottish Association of Landlords.
The group is worried about the ending of tax deductions for buy-to-let mortgages:
This is a shocking decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer which unfairly discriminates against landlords who provide valuable housing across Scotland. In other businesses, tax is applied on profit, which is as it should be.
Although we welcome other measures in the Budget such as reforms to the Rent A Room scheme which will increase supply of affordable rented accommodation, the decision on buy-to-let mortgages means landlords will essentially be taxed for investing in their businesses, something utterly unthinkable in any other sector.
As a result of this increase cost and risk to landlords, you may see some within the sector feeling they are forced to increase their rent levels which would obviously have a huge negative impact on tenants. The Scottish Association of Landlords have been working constructively with both Shelter and the Scottish Government to find ways of increasing supply to drive down rent levels in hot-spots across Scotland but this decision by the Chancellor potentially takes the legs away from that valuable partnership working.
We will be consulting our members, Scottish MPs and MSPs, as well as the Scottish Government and the third sector to find ways of trying to overturn this decision or, at the very least, to mitigate the damage this could cause to our business and to our customers in Scotland.”
Eden District Council is proposing plans for more than 3,500 new homes to be built over the next 18 years in the area.
The local plan aims to create more affordable homes for young people looking to get on the property ladder.
Eden District Council will release its plan for for the future of the area today.
The draft proposal will outline the council's programme for tackling housing issues and sustaining rural areas.
The Draft Local Plan will go before the Council's Executive on 1 July.
The minister for housing is visiting a new development in Carlisle to see how the private and public housing sectors are working together.
Kris Hopkins will be at the Alders Edge Story Home and Two Castle development at Scotby on the edge of the city.
The Scottish Housing Minister has announced plans for 200 affordable homes in the Scottish Borders.
Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a trip to a housing development in Innerleithen. The James Hogg Court development will be used as a pilot for the new housing scheme.
Jenny Longden reports
200 new affordable homes will be built in the Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a visit to a new housing development in Innerleithen.
The homes will be delivered by the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council.
Mrs Burgess also officially opened the 24 home development at James Hogg Court in Innerleithen, delivered by Tweed Homes through the Scottish Government's National Housing Initiative.