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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: We're letting our property to three tenants - do they pay the deposit separately or together?

Ask SafeDeposits: We're letting our property to three tenants - do they pay the deposit separately or together?

Posted on Friday 24th of November 2017

If you're letting your property to more than one tenant, you should either prepare a joint assured shorthold tenancy agreement or separate assured shorthold tenancy agreements for each person. If you decide to rent the property as a joint tenancy, all tenants will sign a joint tenancy agreement when they move in. If this is the case, the tenants will pay one deposit for the tenancy. Even though they might only contribute a share of the deposit each, a joint tenancy agreement means...Read More

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National Maintenance Week 2017

Posted on Monday 20th of November 2017

The annual National Maintenance Week campaign raises awareness of the importance of regular care to maintain a property. With the week taking place from Friday 17th November to Friday 24th November, it's also a perfect opportunity to give your home a health check before the wet and cold weather over winter causes any problems. Whether you own or rent an old house or modern flat, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the charity behind National Maintenance Week, have shared...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Posted on Thursday 16th of November 2017

When a landlord or letting agent has multiple properties a tenant might want to move from one property into another. We're often asked if the address on the deposit account can be updated to the new address, or if the money can be transferred from one deposit account into another. Unfortunately we can't change an address or transfer funds internally within a user's account because the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require a deposit to be repaid from the scheme...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Posted on Friday 10th of November 2017

After a tenancy comes to an end, either the landlord (or their letting agent) or tenant can log in to the SafeDeposits website to enter a repayment request. This will confirm how the deposit should be repaid (e.g. if the full amount should be repaid to the tenant, or if any should be paid to the landlord for rent arrears, cleaning, etc.). How quickly should a repayment request be entered? A repayment request can be entered on the same day as the tenancy ends. There is no legal time frame...Read More

Comment on New Scottish Private Residential Tenancy info

New Scottish Private Residential Tenancy info

Posted on Wednesday 8th of November 2017

The Scottish Association of Landlords have published a new video which explains the new Private Residential Tenancy which is being introduced in Scotland. You can watch the video on the Scottish Association of Landlord's YouTube page. If you're a landlord, letting agent or tenant in Scotland, you need to be aware of a significant change that's being made to the law. From 01 December 2017, all new tenancies in Scotland will last until a tenant wishes to leave the property or a...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Who is liable for unpaid utility bills?

Ask SafeDeposits: Who is liable for unpaid utility bills?

Posted on Friday 3rd of November 2017

It's not uncommon for unpaid utility bills to be left behind after a tenant moves out - but is it the landlord or tenant who should foot the bill? This depends on what's specified in the tenancy agreement and whose name is registered with the utility companies. If the landlord is registered with the utility companies If the bills are in the landlord's name, the tenant can pay the landlord directly for the utilities they use. This should be outlined in the tenancy agreement and means the...Read More