Category: Rental Legislation

Changing Times – Universal Credit

The start of 2018 heralds some new changes again for Universal Credit in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, yet in different ways for the separate countries. Universal Credit was introduced by former Conservative Leader, Iain Duncan Smith. He created it with the aim to help make the system simpler by introducing one single payment to …


New Tenancy Agreement Website

The Scottish Government has launched a website to help landlords comply with the new legislation coming into force on December 1st. This new online tool will enable landlords to easily create private tenancy agreements. Launch day The website was officially launched by Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing on 14th November at …


Attention! The Rules of Renting Are Changing

Renting in Scotland is changing. December 2017 heralds a new era which affects everybody who rents or lets a private residential property. Assured and short assured tenancies in Scotland (SATs) will soon become a thing of the past. As at 1st December 2017 a new tenancy regime, called the private residential tenancy (PRT), comes into …


Ending the Tenancy 2

Under the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT), the tenant is now able to give notice any time after the start date of the lease. The tenant must give the landlord minimum 28 days’ notice and in writing. If the landlord wishes to give notice, they must adhere to the new eviction orders for a legitimate …


Rent Increases According to Private Residential Tenancy

From 1st December 2017 landlords and agents will be able to increase rents for tenants in private residential property no more than once every 12 months. Before they can do that though, they will have to serve a three month notice to their tenants, using a prescribed form. If the tenant believes the rent increase …


Rental Income Guarantee Scheme to Help Build to Rent Growth

Citylets recently sponsored the third annual Build to Rent Forum 2017 which took place in Edinburgh on 12th October 2017. It was also on this day that the Scottish Government launched The Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS).The initiative is designed to lower risk for investors in the emerging Build to Rent (BTR) sector and reduce …

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