Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed support for renters and longer-term housing changes announced by the First Minister in today's Programme for Government, but is awaiting more detail.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green said:
"We're glad to see that the extended eviction notice periods for rent arrears will continue until March next year, giving tenants crucial time to get help and advice with their finances. We've also been calling for more cash in the hands of tenants to help catch up on arrears and pay rent, so the £3 million increase for Discretionary Housing Payments is welcome.
“However, a tenant loan fund risks just moving tenant debt around so we hope to continue working with the Scottish Government on other solutions to make sure people can stay in their homes throughout and beyond the pandemic. We look forward to seeing short-term let regulations come into force next year and seeing the outcome of the review into purpose-built student accommodation."