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Ask SafeDeposits: Should I have a pet clause in my tenancy agreement?

Posted on Friday 23rd of June 2017

Why should I let to a tenant with a pet? The choice to allow a pet to live in your property is entirely up to you, but with almost 12 million households in the UK owning a pet, many landlords and letting agents are increasingly letting to tenants with pets to tap into this growing part of the private rented sector and grow their business. As the demand for pet-friendly properties still outstrips supply, tenants who find a landlord who will welcome their furry friend will often stay in...Read More

Comment on Countdown to code of practice legislation changes

Countdown to code of practice legislation changes

Posted on Tuesday 18th of July 2017

With the new Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations coming into force on 31 January 2018, ARLA Propertymark has warned agents to be ready. The Code of Practice that all letting agents must comply with is designed to ensure uniformity in quality service across the industry. It will cover standards of practice, handling of tenants' and landlords' money, and professional indemnity agreements. Part of a wider raft of regulations agents will have to abide by, it will also...Read More

Comment on TPO and ARLA regional roadshows

TPO and ARLA regional roadshows

Posted on Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Letting agents in Scotland will soon be required by law to comply with a mandatory Letting Agent Code of Practice and to join a Register of Letting Agents. The Property Ombudsman, alongside the Association of Residential Letting Agents, has confirmed it plans to co-host a series of free events in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh on 5th, 6th and 7th of December, to help letting agents understand the impact of these changes, which come into force in January 2018. Each of the roadshows will...Read More

Comment on SafeDeposits Scotland Hosting Tenant and Landlord Conferences

SafeDeposits Scotland Hosting Tenant and Landlord Conferences

Posted on Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Tenants and landlords in Scotland's Private Rented Sector - mark Saturday 25th May in your diaries! That's the day we'll be holding two events - our Tenant Conference and our Landlord Conference - in Glasgow's City Halls. These events are part of our busy calendar, as SafeDeposits Scotland continues to engage with landlords, letting agents and tenants across the country, throughout the year. Both events have been created to provide attendees with information and advice that will help...Read More

Comment on A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted on Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Do you remember those TV adverts from years ago for train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow? They featured someone on each side of the country extoling a virtue of their hometown, with the back and forth between the two building up in speed and volume... "Salt 'n' Vinegar" "Salt 'n' Sauce" "Salt 'n' Vinegar!" "Salt 'n' Sauce!" "SALT 'N' VINEGAR!" "SALT 'N' SAUCE!" ...and so on. Other variations saw Evening Times and Evening News sellers try to out-shout each other,...Read More

Comment on Private Residential Tenancy - FAQs

Private Residential Tenancy - FAQs

Posted on Wednesday 5th of June 2019

The Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) hit its 18-month anniversary on Saturday, having come into force on 1st December 2017. With information from the Scottish Government, we've rounded up some frequently asked questions about this relatively new type of tenancy in Scotland. Can a landlord put a fixed term or end date on a PRT? No. PRTs are open-ended, with no fixed-term period and no end date. Landlords are no longer able to regain possession of their...Read More