Category: Property

Over Half a Million Pounds Unclaimed in Tenancy Deposits

Each year a significant number of tenants across Scotland fails to claim back their deposit at the end of the tenancy. Fresh data from SafeDeposits Scotland suggests that as much as £697,554 is currently due to tenants who had forgotten to claim their deposit back when moving homes. This amount translates to a total of …

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Ripple Effect of UK’s Court Ruling on ‘No DSS’ Lettings Ban

The Department for Social Security (DSS) ceased to exist in 2001, however, the term ‘No DSS’ has been used in property listings up until recently to indicate that recipients of housing benefits would not be accepted for a particular property. This was mainly due to the fact that certain mortgage and insurance providers would stipulate …

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Proposals for Legislative Changes to Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse in Rented Accommodation

It is reported that more than 300 women a year in Edinburgh alone flee their homes to escape domestic abuse. The current housing legislation doesn’t equip social landlords with appropriate legal tools to evict perpetrators from rented accommodation, without serving the notice on their victims at the same time. Housing groups, including Chartered Institute of …

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Scottish Government Offers Financial Support to Tenants

Following calls for direct financial support to tenants who are falling into rent arrears due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has established a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund. Part of a wider package, the fund will offer interest-free loans to tenants who can’t access other forms of support for their rent payments. …

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SAL Partners with NRLA

Landlords of properties north and south of the border can now enjoy the benefits of a joint membership of associations in Scotland, England and Wales for a small top-up fee. The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) have joined forces to offer their members across the UK a wide range …

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PRS Resilience Group

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) Resilience Group was set up by the Scottish Government on 2nd April 2020 to address issues that the Coronavirus outbreak has posed on the PRS in Scotland. The group, which has met fortnightly since its launch, consists of members of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), ARLA Propertymark, the Scottish …

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