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Comment on New Private Residential Tenancy for Scotland's PRS

New Private Residential Tenancy for Scotland's PRS

Posted on Monday 28th of August 2017

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates a new private residential tenancy for all future lets in the private rented sector. From 1st December 2017 onwards all new tenancies will be a 'private residential tenancy'. The new tenancy will replace Short Assured and Assured Tenancies and will be much clearer and simpler to use. The purpose of the private residential tenancy is to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors. The...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can the adjudicator consider a counter-claim against the landlord?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can the adjudicator consider a counter-claim against the landlord?

Posted on Friday 25th of August 2017

If you rent your home, your landlord or letting agent will usually ask you for a deposit. You pay a deposit as a promise you will follow the terms of your tenancy agreement (for example, the tenancy agreement may specify that you need to: pay a certain amount of rent every month, make sure the property is as clean when you move out as it was when you moved in, not damage the property or its contents, etc.). There should be a deposit clause in your tenancy agreement which specifies what terms...Read More

Comment on Using a letting agent

Using a letting agent

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

DJ Alexander is the largest agency in Central Scotland. Here, its Associate Director Rob Trotter guides you through how agents can save you money and significantly reduce the burden that leasing often brings. Every landlord needs a tenant, so having the backing of an agency that can attract high quality tenants is invaluable for any rental venture. When selecting an agent to work with, landlords should look for an organisation that has a strong reputation in the market. A good agent will...Read More

Comment on Landlord and agent Q&A

Landlord and agent Q&A

Posted on Wednesday 16th of August 2017

SafeDeposits Scotland's operations manager Victoria Nixon answers some of the thornier questions posed to the team by landlords and letting agents. Q: What should I do if one half of a joint tenancy moves out but refuses to respond to the tenant changeover request? A: The tenant changeover function has been intentionally designed to help in case of this situation: if the tenant fails to respond to the request, it will 'time out' after 15 working days. This means you can...Read More

Comment on The student guide to renting

The student guide to renting

Posted on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

ARLA Propertymark have put together a new guide for students renting in Scotland, to help you find a suitable flat, keep you and your money safe, and know how to get your deposit back after you move out: Before you start looking Money Decide what you can afford before you start flat hunting. Remember you will have to budget for rent, gas, electricity, water, phone, internet and a TV licence, as well as food and general household items. One of the bonuses of being a student is that...Read More

Comment on New tenancy regime will not affect existing leases

New tenancy regime will not affect existing leases

Posted on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Expected to commence in December 2017, the Scottish Government's new tenancy regime will replace the current system of assured/short assured tenancies in favour of Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs). The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has been lobbying Holyrood for clarity on the impact the incoming legislation will have on existing tenancies. In response, the government has confirmed that no existing tenancies will be affected and will continue to be governed by the...Read More