Category: Legislation

Fire and Smoke Alarms Legislation Changes in Scotland

Scotland is soon to become the first UK nation to require every home to have interlinked fire and smoke alarms regardless of tenure. This legislative change to the Tolerable Standard comes into force on 1st February 2022 and will apply to all households, both in the private and social housing sectors. Meeting the new standard …


Eviction Ban in Scotland Extended

At the end of last year the Scottish Government introduced a temporary ban on evictions between 11th December 2020 and 22nd January 2021. However, due to a surge in COVID-19 case, the eviction ban has now been extended. To stop people from needing to find a new home or move in with a different household, …


Temporary Ban on Evictions over the Festive Period

Landlords in the Scottish private rented sector will be prevented from evicting their tenants over the festive period, the Scottish Government has announced. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, introduced at the beginning of the pandemic to protect tenants from evictions, applies to all notices issued on or after 7th April 2020. Originally intended to be …


Scottish Rent Controls Parked for Now

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill to control rent levels in the private rented sector was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on June 1st, however, it did not progress to the first stage of consideration. The Bill, dubbed the Mary Barbour Bill after the legendary rent strike organiser from the early part of the 20th century, …


Students Will Be Released from Tenancies Early

Following closure of universities in light of the Coronavirus outbreak and public health measures taken to tackle its spread, many students have returned to their family homes, complying with the Government’s guidance. Whilst students living in the private rented sector (PRS) could terminate their tenancy by giving a 28 day notice under the Private Housing …


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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