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Essential Guide for the Private Rented Sector during Coronavirus

Due to COVID-19, temporary measures have been taken by the Scottish Government to help tenants from being evicted. There have been growing concerns, however, that rent arrears will significantly increase during the current lockdown, and when restrictions are lifted the private rented sector will see a large rise in evictions. To help landlords and agents …

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Calling to Tenants’ Consciences

Everyone is equal when viruses are concerned and it doesn’t matter which part of society you are from – whether you are a tenant or a landlord… it’s a message from Edinburgh estate agency to their tenants who have been affected by COVID-19. In their letter to renters, Murray & Currie Property stress that landlords …

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Strong Start to 2020 for Property Sales Impacted by COVID-19

After a strong start in 2020 for residential property sales in Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and the Borders, the market experienced the repercussions of social distancing due to COVID-19. The volume of property sales dropped by 9.2% year on year, with much of the decline concentrated in the final two weeks of March. The same areas …

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Rent Must Be Paid Where Possible

Landlords have raised concerns that some tenants are under the false impression they do not have to pay rent during the COVID-19 crisis as landlords are being offered a mortgage payment holiday. Emergency legislation The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was introduced as an emergency legislation to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. One of its main points was …

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Interest-Free Loans for Landlords

Private landlords whose tenants are having difficulty making rent payments due to the Coronavirus crisis, will be offered an interest-free loan with deferred payments. This is intended to help take pressure off landlords in the short term, if they experience trouble securing rental income in these unprecedented times. Landlords should be able to apply to …

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Safety Checks and New EPC Measures during COVID-19

Private landlords and letting agents are advised that gas safety inspections can still take place during the COVID-19 crisis where necessary, provided that the social distancing rules are followed. However, in the current health emergency situation the Scottish Government is calling on the UK Government to allow for the gas safety checks to be postponed. …

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