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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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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Grounds for Eviction for Private Residential Tenancy Tenants

At the end of 2017 the Private Residential Tenancy or PTR replaced the old residential tenancy known as a short assured tenancy or SAT in Scotland. One of the defined intentions of the new PRT is to offer tenants greater … 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 Number of Rental Properties Available in Scotland Continues to Fall

A new survey of the residential property market has revealed that the number of rental properties in Scotland has fallen even further over the last three months. Coupled with this decrease in supply is an increase in demand which is … More

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October 2017 – “To boldly go” New private residential tenancy agreements – Model Agreements

The Bullet Point Updates for April and May 2016 gave an outline of the radical re-vamp of private residential tenancies under the Private Housing (Tenancies)(Scotland) Act 2016) (“the new Act”) and the July 2017 BPU touched on an aspect of … More

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New Scottish Private Residential Tenancy in force from 1 December 2017

The Scottish Government has published regulations which confirm that the new form of Scottish residential tenancy, known as the Private Residential Tenancy will be introduced on 1 December 2017. This new form of tenancy was created by the Private Housing … More

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July 2017 – Private tenancies – Old and New

The Bullet Point Updates for April 2016 and May 2016 gave an outline of the radical re-vamp of private residential tenancies under the Private Housing (Tenancies)(Scotland) Act 2016) (“the new Act”) which is expected to have effect from December this year. … More

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