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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 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 Changes to Landlord Registration

Changes to Landlord Registration

Posted on Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Following public consultation in 2018, the Scottish Government is introducing changes that will require landlords to declare whether or not they comply with specific duties. This will supplement the general declaration about compliance, and will provide local authorities with more helpful information to help them decide whether a landlord should be approved or not. Subject to the Parliamentary process, the change will come into force on 16th September...Read More

Comment on What Happens When There is a Dispute Between Tenants?

What Happens When There is a Dispute Between Tenants?

Posted on Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Disagreements happen. Our alternative dispute resolution (ADR) team works daily to help resolve disputes between tenants and landlords or letting agents. This is a free service that we provide to users in the unfortunate event that a tenancy ends with a disagreement surrounding repayment of the deposit. It is regrettable for all parties when such a scenario arises, but conflict is not something that is exclusive to tenant-landlord/letting agent...Read More

Comment on New Projects Funded by the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust

New Projects Funded by the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust

Posted on Wednesday 26th of June 2019

As we reach the half-way mark of 2019, we thought it was a good time to look at what's been happening at the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust so far this year. Funds have been awarded to a variety of projects - from a service in mainland Scotland's smallest council area, to a UK-wide research programme - and the Trust continues to seek expressions of interest. In February £29,845 was awarded to the Mediation Clinic at the University of...Read More

Comment on Student Tenancies - What Happens at the End... and the Beginning

Student Tenancies - What Happens at the End... and the Beginning

Posted on Wednesday 19th of June 2019

For students across Scotland, summer heralds the end of the academic year. Exam results are being published, glad rags are being donned for summer balls and for those at the end of their studies it is time for graduation. For many, the conclusion of the university or college year also means the end of their tenancy - some students may be moving back home or on to pastures new having graduated, while others may simply have a change of circumstances; perhaps,...Read More