Petition Freeze rents in Wales to help with the cost-of-living crisis

Rents in Wales have risen by close to 14% in the last year, the biggest increase in the whole of the UK outside of London. With energy bills doubling in a year, fuel prices sky-rocketing and inflation leading to increases in the prices of everyday goods, Welsh tenants are facing the brunt of the crisis. The Scottish Government has announced a rent freeze which will be in place until March 2023 in order to help tenants through the cost-of-living crisis. The Welsh Government should follow suit.

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Freezing rents wouldn't be costly to the Welsh Government and would help to give peace of mind to hundreds of thousands of tenants across Wales. It would help to give them security of tenancy as landlords will not be able to impose higher rents at the end of a tenancy agreement.

It is vital that the Welsh Government is on the side of tenants during such a hugely debilitating cost-of-living crisis. The decision of the Scottish Government to freeze rents shows what is possible in Wales.

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