Category: Legal

Scottish Government’s Housing Bill a ‘Continued Quest for Rent Control’, Propertymark Argues

Building upon the Scottish Government’s 2021 New Deal for Tenants, which is an essential component of their Housing to 2040 strategy, the Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024 and will likely take between 12 and 15 months to complete all stages of the legislative process. The passage of …

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STLs and Letting Agent Code of Practice

The Upper Tribunal (UT) recently considered whether the Letting Agent Code of Practice (“the Code”) applies in respect of short-terms lets. The background A landlord instructed a letting agent to let her flat for a period over summer 2022. A dispute arose resulting in the landlord making an application to the FTT alleging that the …

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What does the Collapse of the Bute House Agreement mean for the Housing Sector?

They say 24 hours is a long time in politics, an adage that has never been truer for Scottish politics than in the last week of April 2024. The dismay with missed climate targets moved quickly from sabre rattling and a threatened members vote in the Green party to an unceremoniously sacking of the two …

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Housing (Scotland) Bill: Rent Controls

The much anticipated first draft of the Housing Bill (the Bill) which (when/if passed will become the Housing (Scotland) Act 2025) was published by the Scottish Government on 26 March 2024. As with all bills the wording of some can change and provisions can be added or removed as it goes through the various stages …

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The End of the Cost Of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022

As explained in previous blogs, the temporary changes introduced by the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 on 31 October 2022 ended on 31 March 2024. So, whilst new rules come into play for adjudicating rent disputes, the end of the 2022 Act also means the expiry of the provisions that relate to …

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Scottish Government Must End Housing Emergency, Propertymark Argues   

The Scottish Government must bring the country’s housing emergency to an end, Propertymark argues. Despite pledges from Holyrood to invest £400,000 to ensure that many of Scotland’s empty homes come back into use, Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin urged the nation’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf, to produce a statement on Scotland’s housing emergency by the …

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