Category: Being a Landlord

Gas Safety Certificates and COVID-19 Restrictions

Gas Safety Register updated their information on Monday 23rd March regarding advice for landlords and Gas Safety Certificates in light of COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations. The Gas Safe Register, UK’s gas registration body, replaced CORGI in 2009 and all gas engineers by law, should be registered with them. The most recent UK government restrictions for …

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Emergency Coronavirus Legislation to Support Landlords and Tenants

With the fear of unknown spreading as fast as the Coronavirus itself in these unprecedented times, any and all positivity is much welcome. Tenants and landlords alike have been anticipating the government’s response to the Coronavirus crisis, offering support to those in the private rented sector who are affected by COVID-19. Emergency legislation The government …

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Unlawfully Evicted Tenant Awarded £18k

A tenant who was found to have been unlawfully evicted has been awarded damages by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber. In this first of its kind Tribunal decision, the tenant was granted £18,000. Dambaru Baral raised a case against his landlords, Mohammed and Khalda Arif, in September 2018 after he was …

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New Deadline for Minimum EPC Standards

The introduction of new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards in the Scottish Private Rented Sector (PRS) has been delayed until 1st October 2020. The new regulations aiming to help landlords reduce energy bills and tackle the climate emergency, were originally set to be implemented on 1st April 2020. However, due to delays in finalising the …

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North East Scotland Landlords Praised for Renting Responsibly

When it comes to protecting tenants’ deposits in Scotland, landlords of properties in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have been proven to be the most responsible. Best protected tenants’ deposits in Scotland SafeDeposits Scotland have analysed the rates of landlords failing to protect tenants’ deposits and found that, based on the decisions made by the First-tier …

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Landlord Registration in Scotland Set for Change

It has been mandatory for Scottish private landlords to register with their local authority since 2004, however, the range of required information landlords must provide is limited. Therefore, following a consultation, the government is planning on introducing new changes to the registration process, with a view to improving standards in the Scottish private rented sector. …

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