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Comment on Five Common Tenancy Agreement Mistakes

Five Common Tenancy Agreement Mistakes

Posted on Sunday 3rd of April 2016

We announced last month that we're launching a new series of blog posts to help landlords, letting agents and tenants better understand the type of evidence the adjudicator looks for if there's a dispute. In this month's edition we're taking a closer look at the tenancy agreement as evidence, particularly common mistakes which landlords, letting agents and tenants make. Please note that the tenancy agreement is a key legal document and we are only able to provide advice from...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: what does lead tenant mean?

Ask SafeDeposits: what does lead tenant mean?

Posted on Friday 30th of June 2017

What does "lead tenant" mean? With many people moving out over summer, it's important that all tenants understand how SafeDeposits deals with joint tenants when it comes to getting your deposit back. If there's more than one tenant in a property, the landlord will pick one tenant as the "lead tenant". They are responsible for responding to or entering a repayment request after the tenancy ends to claim the deposit back. The deposit protection certificate...Read More

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: I'm moving in with friends - if they break something, will I have to pay for it?

Ask SafeDeposits: I'm moving in with friends - if they break something, will I have to pay for it?

Posted on Thursday 12th of October 2017

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 New 'Private Residential Tenancy' coming into force

New 'Private Residential Tenancy' coming into force

Posted on Wednesday 25th of October 2017

The introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy means that it will no longer be possible to create an assured or short assured tenancy from 1st December 2017 onwards (existing tenancies that were taken out before 1 December 2017 will continue to operate as they do currently until they come to an end). To find out more information about the new tenancy please use the following links: Tenant information Private residential tenancies: information for tenants Landlord...Read More

Comment on Withholding Rent

Withholding Rent

Posted on Friday 11th of May 2018

Not all tenancies run smoothly, sometimes things can go wrong. You may think about withholding rent in order to force your landlord to do something, such as repairs. You may think that withholding rent is justified if you feel you have been unfairly treated. Whatever the circumstance and however you feel, withholding rent is always a risky option. Tenant and landlord responsibilities A fundamental part of the tenancy agreement is the tenant's obligation to pay rent to live...Read More