Category: Legislation

Housing Bill and Rent Controls

It has been mentioned in previous blogs that the Scottish Government intends to bring forward a new Housing Bill in the latter part of this year which is to include, what were described as ‘meaningful rent controls’. The background to the intended new Housing Bill was the ‘New Deal for Tenants: Draft PRS Strategy’, published …

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The Repairing Standard and Upcoming Changes

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced a series of updates to the existing Repairing Standard that will be enforced from 1st March 2024. The Repairing Standard covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords to ensure their property or properties meet the minimum physical standard of repair. As landlords and letting agents get …

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Lets Talk with Angela Watt from Watt Property

Edinburgh based Watt Property’s founder, Angela Watt, joins Lets Talk for episode 78. The business was established in 1997, however Angela has over 30 years of property experience and talks about her career journey prior to setting up Watt Property, as well as the challenges involved in starting her own agency. Host, Gillian Semmler, asks …

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What is the Latest Legislation for Landlords in Scotland?

There have been many changes to the legislation surrounding private rentals in Scotland over the past few years: from the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 affecting notice periods and evictions, to the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act effectively freezing rental rates for existing tenancies, there has been much for landlords to keep abreast of. But …

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Hot Topic: Air Conditioning Rules and Rights for Scottish Rental Agreements

[Image source: Deposit photos] While Scotland’s summers aren’t typically known for their blazing temperatures, when things do heat up, traditional properties built to keep us warm might feel uncomfortable. In rental properties where air conditioning has been installed or requested by tenants, a balance might need to be struck between the tenants’ comfort levels and …

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Repeal of Ground 8 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988

Ground 8, the mandatory rent arrears ground, was the most common ground for eviction under the assured tenancy regime. Courts, and latterly the Tribunal, had no discretion but to grant an eviction order provided that both – at the date of service of the AT6 and at the date the case first called, the tenant …

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