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Comment on First-Tier Tribunal - The First 18 Months

First-Tier Tribunal - The First 18 Months

Posted on Wednesday 24th of July 2019

In December 2017 the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) expanded to include applications in respect of Private Sector Rented Cases and Private Residential Tenancies. In the 18 months since this came into effect the Tribunal has presided over a number of cases involving unprotected tenancy deposits. At SafeDeposits Scotland we have monitored the tenancy deposit cases going before the Tribunal, with decision...Read More

Comment on Energy Performance Consultation

Energy Performance Consultation

Posted on Wednesday 31st of July 2019

A hot topic recently - something we have seen discussed and presented on at a number of landlord events across Scotland over the past year - has been that of energy performance. We've rounded up some key points from the Scottish Government and advice service Home Energy Scotland that might help in your efforts to ensure that tenancies run smoothly. The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition...Read More

Comment on What if I Live Abroad but Rent Out Property in Scotland?

What if I Live Abroad but Rent Out Property in Scotland?

Posted on Thursday 22nd of August 2019

If you have read the latest edition of our "Deposits in Scotland" magazine you will have seen a map highlighting the top 10 locations for overseas based landlords using SafeDeposits Scotland to protect their tenants' deposits. The research carried out to produce this information showed us some interesting statistics, and far beyond the top 10 highlighted in the magazine Scotland's private rented sector has links to scores of countries across the...Read More

Comment on Amendments to Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations

Amendments to Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

The Scottish Parliament has just approved a short series of amendments to the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011. These amendments come into force on Monday 11th November 2019. All tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland, including SafeDeposits Scotland, are required by law to abide by the regulations. It is important that all landlords and letting agents are aware of the forthcoming changes - please read on below for a summary of what will...Read More

Comment on Who is responsible for mould in my property?

Who is responsible for mould in my property?

Posted on Wednesday 6th of November 2019

At first you may spy the odd spot here and there and think nothing of it, but for the sake of your tenancy deposit (not to mention your health), the first signs of mould should be tackled quickly. Mould, like damp, is caused by excess moisture. It might come from a leaky pipe or other plumbing issues, but it can also be caused by moisture from day-to-day activities. For example, drying clothes in the property, showering and even cooking without...Read More