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Latest news in Scotland for Scottish Landlords

Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL)


SAL Scottish Association of Landlords Scottish Association of Landlords, also known as “SAL”, is one of the largest national organisations representing landlords and letting agents in Scotland.  The British Landlord Association (The BLA) and the National Residential Landlord Association are the only other two representing landlords in Scotland. The BLA is the only free national Association that covers England, Wales …

Scots able to sell secure tenancies through set valuation from March 2021

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Scottish secure farming tenants will be able to “sell” their tenancy from the end of this month. They can sell to their landlord or another farmer at a price determined by a set formula. The new Scottish legislation applies to farmers who have tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991. It is thought about 4,000 want to relinquish it …

Renting property out in Scotland and what you need to know

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Registration Before you can rent out your property you may have to register with the local council which covers the area where your let property is located. Registering before you rent out your property makes sure you meet the minimum legal requirements. Joint owners (anyone else who’s named on the title deeds) need to register too, but they won’t be …

Landlord who failed to pay tenancy deposit into approved scheme for four years unsuccessful in appeal


A landlord who failed to pay a tenancy deposit into an approved deposit scheme until four years into the tenancy has been unsuccessful in challenging a payment order. Linda Searle appealed against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber (FtT) in which she was ordered to pay £1,875 to the respondents, Marc Bleazard and Kimberly Whyte. The appeal was …

£14,000 deposit from a landlord, by a tenant, rejected by Upper Tribunal

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A tenant tried to sue a landlord for repayment of his deposit shy of £14,000. The tenant claimed, that the pre-payment arrangement was a “requirement” and this was “imposed” upon him, by the landlord. The Upper Tribunal for Scotland refused an appeal against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber). The appeal was rejected because …

Draft Budget fails to deliver financial certainty for housing post-2021


An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed by the sector, though “serious concerns” remain about the lack of financial certainty beyond March 2021. Setting out the Scottish Budget 2020-21 ahead of the UK Government announcement expected in March, public finance minister Kate Forbes unveiled an allocation of £843 million for the Affordable Housing Supply …

Flooding action plan launched to protect communities from extreme weather


An action plan to help homeowners and businesses prevent damage caused by flooding has been launched by the Scottish Government. Living With Flooding sets out advice to stop or mitigate flooding and says minor adaptions, such as installing a flood guard and raising the height of electrical sockets, can prevent damage or reduce the amount of time spent in temporary accommodation. The …

Scottish Government publishes draft vision for Housing to 2040

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A draft vision of how Scotland’s housing system should look and feel in 2040 has been published by the Scottish Government ahead of a formal consultation in the autumn. Since making a commitment for a new approach to homes and communities in its 2018-19 Programme for Government, the Scottish Government has been engaging extensively with a variety of stakeholders, including local government, …

Agents and landlords using holiday letting ‘are breaking the law’

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Holiday lets to avoid long-term tenancy rights are breaking the law Agents and landlords in Scotland who are letting properties and declaring them to be holiday lets to avoid long-term tenancy rights are breaking the law, a property management company has warned. Apropos by DJ Alexander said that many agents and landlords believe that using holiday lets as the basis for their …

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