Category Archives: Landlords

Energy Efficiency Regulations to Come Into Force – Update

March 31, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Energy Efficiency Regulations

The Scottish Government has published a parliamentary report in connection with the forthcoming Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019. Our earlier blog stated that the Regulations were proposed to come into force on 1 April 2020. However the report confirms this will be postponed until 1 October 2020. What are the new … Read More >>

Coronavirus – landlord and letting agent update

March 19, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Coronavirus - Landlords and Letting Agent update

Following on from our blog on Monday regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on the private rented sector, it is abundantly clear that the pandemic is causing unprecedented worry to both landlords, letting agents and tenants. There appears to be a lot of speculation and panic about what the government will do to help tenants.  … Read More >>

Coronavirus – Guidance for Landlords and Letting Agents

March 16, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Coronavirus – landlord and letting agent update

Each day our news feed is filled with updates and reports regarding the spread of the coronavirus.   Guidance from the UK Government is to stay at home for 7 days if you have a high temperature and a new continuous cough. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection What can landlords and letting agents do if tenants are self-isolating? The key … Read More >>

The Private Residential Tenancy: Notice to Leave Dates

February 25, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

The First-tier Tribunal recently considered the date to be stated in a notice to leave on or after which the landlord can expect to make an application to the Tribunal for eviction. By way of background, where a landlord wishes to recover possession of a Private Residential Tenancy, the landlord must serve a notice to … Read More >>

Short Term Lets and Airbnb

February 21, 2020 | Fiona McGougan |

short term lets airbnb

Airbnbs and Short-Terms Lets have become a contentious matter in Scotland in recent times. The Scottish Government have recently conducted research into Airbnbs and Short-Term Lets in Scotland which confirmed there are 31,884 active Airbnb listings, three times as many compared to 2016. It was found that in Edinburgh?s City Centre 16.7% of properties are … Read More >>

Property Damage: The Importance of Evidence

February 17, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

property damage evidence

The recent First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) decision of Ritchie v Finlayson highlights the importance of providing sufficient evidence when making a claim against tenants for damage to the let property and contents. When a tenant vacates a property there may be times when the property is not left in the same condition as … Read More >>

Can a Landlord Serve a Notice to Leave in Anticipation of Arrears?

December 16, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

The Private Residential Tenancy regime provides that ?it is an eviction ground that the tenant has been in rent arrears for three or more consecutive months? (Ground 12 of Schedule 3 of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016). There appears to have been a perception that a landlord could serve a Notice to Leave … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Reminder

December 9, 2019 | Laura Shields |

deposit scheme

It?s rarely in the best interests of a landlord/tenant relationship to have to move a disagreement over deposits to court proceedings. In some instances though, it is an inevitable result of a landlord not adhering to the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011. Between December 2017 and June 2019, there were over 200 cases where … Read More >>

Energy Efficiency Regulations To Come Into Force

November 19, 2019 | Nicola Caldwell |

energy efficiency regulations

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 are proposed to come into force on 1 April 2020. The purpose of these regulations is to tackle the the least energy-efficient properties in Scotland. These regulations outline minimum standards of energy efficiency landlords must meet for domestic private rented properties. EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Update – LANDLORD WARNING!!!

November 14, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

Tenancy deposit

Since 2012, landlords in Scotland have been required to lodge security deposits in one of three approved tenancy deposit schemes. Landlords should by now be well aware of their obligations to lodge deposits within 30 working days and to provide tenants with specific information relating to the tenancy and the deposit. The scheme is regulated … Read More >>