Young people are being forced out of the Highlands because of the cost of housing. As a recent example, a two-bedroomed wooden chalet, fifty years old, sold recently on Skye with an asking price of £600,000. An alarming number of people are in fuel poverty.
One way to guarantee affordable housing long-term is to build homes for rental. There are now experienced craft builders, small businesses based in the Highlands, able to build low-carbon, designer-built houses, designed to minimise fuel bills.
The Greens’ national Cooperation Agreement will lead the way with at least £1.8bn invested in making Scotland’s homes greener, warmer and more efficient and therefore cheaper to run, and Greens will help secure the Highlands’ part of that investment and make sure it is well spent.
Greens in government will deliver rent controls and new rights for tenants. Greens on the Council will consult with Living Rent Highland to support a more localised look on issues and solutions for the region.
Green Councillors will work to;
Ensure that more publicly-owned high quality properties are available for young people and families.
Push for all new publicly-owned housing to be built to Passivhaus standards to reduce fuel poverty, increase quality of life and help the Highlands meet its climate targets. We should follow Scandinavian standards to build homes future-proofed, rather than have to pay to retrofit insulation.
Support the control of short-term lets of properties which would otherwise be suitable as homes for local people.
Support community-owned housing initiatives.
End rip-off rents and rent rises.