Category Archives: Landlords

When is a “holiday let” not a “holiday let”?

September 4, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

holiday let

Holiday lettings sit outwith the standard regulatory framework of the private rented sector. A holiday let is excluded from constituting assured tenancies and will be excluded from the new Private Residential tenancy when it takes effect in December 2017. There is no requirement for such landlords to register or pay over a deposit to a … Read More >>

A new abandonment procedure for private landlords in Scotland

July 11, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

abandonment procedure

There is currently no formal abandonment procedure for the Private Rented Sector under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 (1988 Act). Despite the property appearing abandoned, generally private landlords have no legal right to recover the property in absence of a court order. The Private Rented Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016 (2016 Act) introduces a new type … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposits Scotland – Frequently Asked Questions

July 10, 2017 | Kirstie Donnelly |

tenancy deposits scotland

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.  However, our LetLaw team … Read More >>

What is the new Private Residential Tenancy in Scotland?

July 7, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

private residential tenancy

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 will introduce a new tenancy regime to Scotland called the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). This new tenancy is anticipated to take effect sometime in December 2017. What happens to assured and short assured tenancies when the PRT takes effect? The 2016 Act provides that a tenancy cannot be … Read More >>

Letting Agent Registration – Scottish Government Guidance

March 20, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

letting agent registration

Our blog headed “Letting Agent Registration – (Less than) A Year To Go!” discussed the forthcoming requirements for letting agent registration following the enactment of the Letting Agent Registration (Scotland) Regulations 2016. Anticipated Scottish Government guidance on letting agent registration has since been published and can be found here. The guidance provides information on: who … Read More >>

What could “Right to Rent” mean for Scotland?

February 17, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

right to rent

IMMIGRATION CHECKS DO NOT YET APPLY TO LANDLORDS IN SCOTLAND! We previously blogged about the UK Immigration bill which proposed duties on landlords to carry out immigration checks on prospective tenants – essentially checking if someone has the right to rent. The bill became law on 1st December 2014 in connection with premises located in … Read More >>

Letting Agent Registration – (Less than) A Year To Go!

February 15, 2017 | Kirstie Donnelly |

letting agent registration

Regular readers of our blog will be aware that the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 made provisions for the mandatory letting agent registration, regulation and training requirements in Scotland. The Letting Agent Registration (Scotland) Regulations 2016 were laid before the Scottish Parliament in December 2016 and will come into force on 31st January 2018. The Regulations … Read More >>

Amended Notices for Assured Tenancies

December 2, 2016 | Jim |

Amended Notices for Assured Tenancies

With effect from 1 December 2016, the Private Rented Housing Panel which currently deals with disputes arising from the repairing standard and with certain  rental disputes will be abolished and will be  replaced by the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland, Housing and Property Chamber. This will mean some changes will be introduced to the various … Read More >>

Requirement for Electrical Installation Condition Report in Scotland

November 30, 2016 | Neil Matheson |

Electrical Installation Condition Report

Landlords should be aware that the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced the requirement in Scotland for landlords to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out on all electrical installations, fixtures and fittings within their rental properties. The requirement has been in place since 1st December 2015 for any new tenancies entered into but … Read More >>

Raising a Court Action: How Long Have I got?

November 29, 2016 | admin |

raising a court action

In Scotland, prescription is the law that regulates the period in which parties can pursue claims.  If I was raising a court action – how long have I got? Most claims in law prescribe after five years, which means that a party wishing to make a claim after that five year period may be prohibited … Read More >>

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