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Comment on If my flatmate breaks something do I have to pay for it?

If my flatmate breaks something do I have to pay for it?

Posted on Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Who is liable for damage will be dependent on whether there is one tenancy agreement signed by everyone or if each of the tenants sign separate tenancy agreements. If you're yet to move in you should contact your agent/landlord to find out which one of these will be relevant to your tenancy. Joint tenancy agreements If you sign a joint tenancy agreement with other people, you're all liable for each other's actions during that tenancy. The contract is signed by everyone and...Read More

Comment on 430% more English landlords operating in Scotland since 2012

430% more English landlords operating in Scotland since 2012

Posted on Thursday 12th of April 2018

At SafeDeposits Scotland, we regularly analyse the data we hold to take the temperature of the private rented sector and to look out for trends. We recently looked at where landlords were in relation to the properties they rented and noticed an interesting pattern. Since SafeDeposits was founded in 2012, there has been a dramatic increase in landlords living in England and renting property in Scotland. In 2012, 260 landlords based in England registered deposits on Scottish tenancies,...Read More

Comment on How do I make sure my tenancy runs smoothly?

How do I make sure my tenancy runs smoothly?

Posted on Friday 20th of April 2018

One of the most common reasons that people come to Shelter Scotland for help with is disputes between tenants and landlords. These represented 10% of all the cases we saw in 2016-17, and 20% of the cases from people who live in the private rented sector (PRS). Even more staggeringly, 46% of all the people who came to us for help were living in the PRS - a group that only makes up 14% of all households in Scotland. So, what can you do, as a tenant, to ensure...Read More

Comment on I don't know if my deposit has been protected - what should I do?

I don't know if my deposit has been protected - what should I do?

Posted on Monday 14th of May 2018

How do I know if my deposit has been protected? Your landlord has 30 working days from the tenancy start date to transfer your deposit to a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme, and provide you with particular key information. The key information should include the name and contact details of the tenancy deposit scheme which protects your money. After they have received your deposit, the scheme will also send you a deposit protection certificate to confirm your money is...Read More

Comment on I'm a tenant, what is the First Tier Tribunal?

I'm a tenant, what is the First Tier Tribunal?

Posted on Friday 15th of June 2018

On 1 December 2017 new legislation came into force. This means now tenants should now go to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) if landlords or letting agents do not protect their deposits. Previously tenants had to raise a 'summary application' in the Sheriff court against their landlord if they had not protected their deposit. There are no fees involved in taking a case to the First Tier Tribunal. Unprotected deposits Your landlord has to...Read More