Rents are higher than a year ago in three out of five regions of Scotland

The latest index figures from Your Move, one of Scotland’s largest lettings agent networks, reveal the pace of annual rent growth in Scotland dropped by two thirds in 2014 with average rents now just 1.2% or £6 higher than a year ago.

‘This wider downturn in growth during 2014 marks a return to the natural market rhythm. Scottish rents were holding fast on an even keel throughout 2011 and 2012, until the abolition of tenancy fees in November 2012 sparked a new tide of unnaturally steep rent hikes,’ remarked Christine Campbell, regional managing director of Your Move.  ‘This should act as cautionary tale for policymakers considering further constricting changes to lettings legislation. The rental market is thriving by its own hand, and too much undue intervention may poison the current climate of affordability,’ she pointed out.

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