Category: Being a Tenant

Landlord’s ‘Change of Heart’ Leads to £2,400 Fine

A Glasgow landlord has been fined £2,400 for misleading his former tenants into surrendering occupation of a property which they wouldn’t have left otherwise. Lesley Munro and Grant McNicoll applied to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber for a Wrongful Termination Order after their landlord, David Ross served a notice on them …

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Heating Guide for Tenants: How to Bleed Your Radiators

As the colder weather starts to take hold, you’ll need to make sure the heating in your rental property is working and operating as efficiently as possible to avoid surprises down the line. You may have neglected your radiators over the summer months, but now’s the time to make sure they’re in working order. This …

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‘New Deal for Tenants’ Goes Much Further than Rent Controls

Following a new power-sharing partnership between SNP and the Scottish Greens in order to secure a majority in the Holyrood Parliament, the transformation of the private rented sector is poised to be introduced in Scotland to provide greater security for tenants, improve standards and regulate rents. In what is a 50-page agreement between the two …

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Pre-Eviction Protocols to Be Made Permanent Post-Pandemic?

One of the temporary measures introduced by the Scottish Government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic was pre-action requirements that landlords and agents in the private rented sector must comply with prior to seeking repossession of a property for rent arrears that have occurred during the Covid-19 period. The Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) (Scotland) …

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Evictions Are Last Resort – Reaffirm Landlords

Private and social landlords in Scotland have signed new joint statements in which they reaffirm their pledge to avoid evictions of tenants facing financial difficulties because of the Coronavirus pandemic. By signing the shared statements, The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) representing private landlords, together with social landlords’ representative bodies –  Scottish Federation of Housing …

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New £10m Grant Fund for Scottish Tenants in Arrears

The Scottish Government has announced a new £10 million grant scheme for private tenants struggling to pay their rent as a direct consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund is the latest form of financial support made available to Scottish tenants in arrears, and it aims at ensuring that evictions are used as a last …

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