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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 …

A new initiative – Raising housing standards is social housing in Scotland

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Housing Network and HouseMark Scotland to produce new indicators Raising housing standards is social housing in Scotland is the buzz word for social housing professionals. A new initiative by Scotland’s “Housing Network” and “HouseMark Scotland” jointly will develop new Key Performance Indicators to support social landlords. The aim is to measure compliance and performance concerning tenant safety in the social housing sector. …

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 …

Scotland’s heavy regulation of rental market is ‘hitting landlords hard’ claims agent

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As the English and Welsh governments prepare for heavier regulation of their rental markets, is Scotland the shape of things to come south of the border? A Scottish letting agent says it is growing on the back of increasing pressure on landlords within the country’s rental market as many become afraid of the rising mountain of legislation facing the sector …

175-home Portlethen proposal gets green light

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Councillors have approved plans for the development of 175 homes at Leathan Fields in Portlethen. Stewart Milne Homes will build the new homes, 46 of which will be affordable houses, beside Hillside School. The development has been split into six areas, with a mixture of detached, semi-detached, bungalows and flats throughout. Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee agreed the planning permission …

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