Rent controls, a locally-owned bus company and low-emission zones have been put forward by the Scottish Greens in their council manifesto.
The Greens’ Aberdeen manifesto commits councillors to push for rent controls through rent pressure zones to cap rent increases.
The party also wants to appoint an empty properties officer to bring empty homes back into use and supports proposals for a local “vacant land levy” to help deliver housing and reduce land speculation – the buying of undeveloped land in the hope it will rise in value.
Guy Ingerson, local branch co-convener and candidate for George Street and Harbour, said: “Greens are the most radical party on housing.
“All the parties agree that we need to build more social housing, but hundreds of flats are lying empty across Aberdeen. Greens want those spaces to become homes.
“And we want to use the council’s new rent control powers so tenants can plan their finances without worrying about sudden rent rises.”
Aside from affordability, Greens are pushing to improve air quality by creating low-emission zones and by promoting car sharing, park-and-ride and better use of public transport.
The party also supports a zero-waste policy by 2025 and opposes large scale incineration.
Renee Slater, candidate for Torry and Ferryhill, said: “Aberdeen residents are short-changed on environmental issues. Traffic congestion and pollution affect everyone’s health, and nobody wants to send their child to a school with an incinerator next door, which is the plan for Tullos School.
“But investing in better public transport will improve air quality, connect people, and make our streets safer.”
Aberdeen Labour and the SNP have already released their manifestos with Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives still to announce their local pledges.