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Comment on Changes on the Way for the Repairing Standard

Changes on the Way for the Repairing Standard

Posted on Wednesday 30th of January 2019

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) will see further legislative changes over the next few years, with the next date for the diary just weeks away. These particular changes relate to Scotland's Repairing Standard and here we summarise what to expect. The Repairing Standard is a basic level of repair that private rented properties must meet. It is a landlord's duty to make sure the property they're renting out meets the Repairing Standard, whose requirements...Read More

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Big Energy Saving Week

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Did you know... this week is Big Energy Saving Week. It's a national campaign led by Citizens Advice which aims to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to. The Citizens Advice website contains a variety of resources related to saving money on energy costs (including an energy price comparison tool), improving energy efficiency and more. Some of the top (and simple) tips for minimising energy waste and...Read More

Comment on Business as normal after major fire affects servers

Business as normal after major fire affects servers

Posted on Wednesday 16th of January 2019

At approximately 4pm on Wednesday 9th January a serious fire broke out at the Tenancy Deposit Scheme's (England and Wales) head office on Mark Road in Hemel Hempstead. All staff were evacuated safely with no casualties, but the fire impacted servers shared by SafeDeposits Scotland. While the building suffered extensive damage, a business continuity plan was successfully implemented. Although customers may have experienced a brief delay in email...Read More

Comment on Deposit Protection at Your Fingertips... 365 Days a Year

Deposit Protection at Your Fingertips... 365 Days a Year

Posted on Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Whether you were celebrating Christmas or not, we hope that you managed to enjoy at least a day or two relaxing over the recent holiday period. We know however that in the busy private rented sector, few things stand still - it's a fact of life that people need to move into properties and start new tenancies throughout the year and indeed, the holidays are often the most suitable time for tenants to move due to their own work or education commitments. For...Read More

Comment on Your Views - Findings From Our 2018 Surveys

Your Views - Findings From Our 2018 Surveys

Posted on Wednesday 19th of December 2018

This year - as we do every year - we issued surveys to all tenants, landlords and agents to ask for their views on SafeDeposits Scotland. Customer service is of paramount importance to us, therefore we really do value the feedback of all who use our services. We're grateful for the many compliments we receive and we take on board comments where room for improvement is identified. As 2018 draws to a close and we look back on the year, we wanted to share...Read More

Comment on The Tenant's Guide to Christmas Movies

The Tenant's Guide to Christmas Movies

Posted on Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Houses and flats often provide the stage in Christmas movies, as families and friends get together under one roof and various forms of magic, mirth and mayhem unfold. Inspired by scenarios from some favourite festive films, we've pulled together some points for tenants to consider during the holiday season. GREMLINS Gizmo and his human pal Billy get most of the credit for overcoming the mini menaces in Gremlins, but we think Billy's Mum deserves a...Read More