Speaking after this evening's Scottish Parliament debate on housing, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"Scotland is facing a housing crisis and we need more homes of all types including social rent, private rent and private ownership.
“With 170,000 people on council waiting lists, we desperately need more properties available for social rent. This should top the agenda.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats would renew the empty homes strategy to bring as many of the 27,000 empty homes back into use as part of the 110,000 total of new homes – including introduction of a Help to Renovate loan.
"We would also work with the British Business Bank to help direct support to small and medium sized house-builders who struggle to get support from traditional banks."