Category Archives: Landlords

Scottish Government’s Second Consultation on Private Rented Sector Tenancies

April 10, 2015 | Jim |

Private Rented Sector Tenancies

In October 2014, the Scottish Government published their first consultation on the introduction of new tenancies for the private rented sector. Receiving over 2,500 responses from parties including tenants, landlords, letting-agents and other organisations, the Scottish Government have now issued a second consultation paper on private rented sector tenancies. The new consultation paper amends, and in … Read More >>

Do your Management Agreements meet Consumer Contracts Regulations?

April 2, 2015 | TC Young |

management agreements

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation & Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 replaced the Distance Selling Regulations & Door Step Selling Regulations.  They make it an obligation for “traders” to give “consumers” certain information. Do your management agreements meet consumer contracts regulations? From 13 June 2014, all distance, off-premises and on-premises contracts made will be subject to … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Scottish landlord loses further appeal

March 26, 2015 | Jim |

Tenancy Deposit Scheme

In the case of  Tenzin v Russell & Clark the landlords appealed to the Sheriff Principal against a decision to hold them liable to pay their tenant three times the deposit taken, having failed to lodge the deposit in a tenancy deposit scheme. At the Appeal, Sheriff Principal Stephen upheld the previous decision and deemed the penalty … Read More >>

Mandatory Electrical Check Requirements

March 5, 2015 | TC Young |

Mandatory Electrical Check Requirements

Issued under sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, the Scottish Government has recently published guidance on mandatory electrical check requirements which shall come into force from 1st December 2015. The new requirements will apply to all Scottish privately rented properties covered by the Repairing Standard and will require landlords to have fixed … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Update

January 21, 2015 | Isabel |

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Update

As we have discussed in recent blogs, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of property is to be replaced in Scotland by the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). The change is due to come into force on 1st April 2015. So what will this land and buildings transaction tax update mean … Read More >>

Landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014

November 3, 2014 | TC Young |

Landlords duties under the immigration act

Do you know what a private landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014 are? The Immigration Act 2014 makes it more difficult for illegal migrants to live in the UK and addresses the small minority of private landlords who knowingly target and exploit illegal migrants. The Act means private landlords have duties under the immigration act … Read More >>

What happens when a tenant disappears?

October 28, 2014 | TC Young |

Picture the scene…… You notice that your tenant is behind in their rental payments. You go to the property to speak with them however the tenant has disappeared. You have a look through the letterbox, only to see a pile of unopened mail and a house that appears to have been abandoned. You reach the … Read More >>

Scottish Government Consult on PRS Tenancies

October 6, 2014 | TC Young |

Scottish Government Consult on PRS Tenancies

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposed reforms to Private Rented Sector tenancies in Scotland. The consultation document proposes the most fundamental change to the private sector tenancy regime in Scotland since the introduction of Assured and Short Assured Tenancies in 1988. The proposals are wide reaching and could have a fundamental impact on the … Read More >>

Landlord legal rights – accessing property

July 25, 2014 | TC Young |

Landlord legal rights - accessing property

One of the most frequent problems faced by landlords is how they access a property when their tenant refuses to let them in.  This is more common when the landlord, tenant relationship has broken down!  What are landlord legal rights – accessing property is always a tricky issue.  Routine Access Most Tenancies should have a … Read More >>

Landlords: how to prepare for court appearances

July 23, 2014 | Jim |

how to prepare for court appearances

Unfortunately it’s not like it appears on TV – the reality of the court system in Scotland is very different and here we give landlords 5 tips on how to prepare for court appearances. Sometimes it feels as if I’ve spent most of my life in court, but for landlords raising their own eviction or payment … Read More >>