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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can I pay a deposit to the tenancy deposit scheme in installments?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can I pay a deposit to the tenancy deposit scheme in installments?

Posted on Friday 28th of July 2017

Yes, you can pay the deposit to SafeDeposits in installments. While the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require deposits to be paid to a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy start date, they are silent on how installments taken during the tenancy should be paid. However, we recommend that landlords and letting agents transfer the first installment within 30 working days of the start of the tenancy, and all following installments as soon as...Read More

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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

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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 Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Posted on Friday 15th of September 2017

The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 covers tenancies which the landlord registration provisions in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 apply. This means if a landlord is required to register with the local authority, and takes a deposit from their tenant, that landlord must also protect the deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme. This includes landlords of assured and short assured tenancies, university accommodation, as well as various other types of...Read More

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Items Left Behind - Help or Hindrance?

Posted on Wednesday 14th of August 2019

What do games consoles, designer clothes and coffee tables have in common? They are among the many personal possessions to have been left behind by tenants after they have moved out of private rented properties in Scotland. To some that may be surprising - that people would leave their belongings (some of which could be considered valuable) behind - but it is actually quite a common occurrence. The reasons for tenants moving on minus that television or...Read More

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Top Tips for National BBQ Week

Posted on Tuesday 26th of May 2020

It is currently National BBQ Week (25th-31st May 2020), and while guests might be out of the question at the moment a barbeque at home is at least one summer tradition that some people can enjoy within the limits of lockdown. In fact, with restaurants, beer gardens, festivals and more off the cards at the moment, the opportunity to fire up the grill might be more appealing than ever. So with that in mind we've put together a few tips for tenants to consider when enjoying a barbeque at their...Read More