Private Landlords

All the obligations with which a Landlord in the private rented sector has to comply are becoming complex and although letting a residential property can provide useful income for the owner, great care must be taken to avoid breaching these … More

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September 2019 – Compliance Aide-Memoire – Private Residential Landlords

The Bullet Point Update for March said something specific about the changes to the “repairing standard” which private landlords have to comply with. This Update is rather more general. It is prompted by the publication this month of updated guidance … More

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June 2019 – Landlord Registration Expansion

Duty to register  Virtually all private landlords must first register as a landlord with each local authority in whose area they let property. That includes everyone named on the title deeds. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and … More

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March 2019 – The Private Rented Sector – The “Repairing Standard” Evolves

If you rent out a property as a private landlord it’s your duty to make sure the property meets the “repairing standard”. New legislation came into force on 1st March 2019 making changes in relation to the repairing standard. (The … More

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Recovering Possession when Private Tenants Abandon a Property

How does a landlord recover possession of a property which has been abandoned by a private tenant? The options available depend on the type of tenancy in place. Assured or short assured tenancies Most private residential tenancies beginning before 1 … More

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Shelter Scotland Launches “Toolkit for Tenants”

An online “toolkit” for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. SafeDeposit Scotland Trust (the only not-for-profit deposit scheme in Scotland) made a grant of … More

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The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

From the 31 January 2018 anyone undertaking residential letting agency work in Scotland must ensure that their service delivery is compliant with The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Code sets out the standards of practice which … More

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February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday – Part 2

This is a follow-up to last month’s BPU on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) at the end of which it was said: “As far as [many aspects] are concerned LBTT has largely followed the approach taken in the UK … More

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February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday

Birthday announcement by Revenue Scotland The Revenue Scotland website recently announced (emphases added): “The  Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 sets out the legislative requirement for a tax return to be submitted for leases in Scotland in specific … More

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December 2016 – New residential tenancy forms from 1 December 2016

(in particular: new Forms AT5 for short assured tenancies; AT6 for assured tenancies; and Tenant Information Packs)  This Note gives some background to the new forms of AT5, AT6 and Tenant Information Packs which must be used for “short assured” … More

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