Category: Rental Legislation

Separating or Moving on? – Implications for the Joint Lease

Often when couples or flatmates move into a rented property, neither the tenant nor landlord considers the issues that may arise if the partnership dissolves and one chooses to move out. This type of situation can throw up concerns for both tenant and landlord. The remaining tenant is often unsure whether they have the right...

Tax Relief Hopes Buried with Autumn Statement

The Private Rented Sector has been the subject of a number of significant changes over the past year that have been felt strongly by residential landlords. Changes introduced in the 2015 Summer Budget include: taxing landlords on their income as opposed to profit, reducing mortgage interest relief, introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on buy...

Behind the Scenes – Landlord Costs

Rent levels are regularly discussed in the media with the finger pointing at private landlords, accusing them of needlessly charging more. However, external factors are often not mentioned or even taken into account when commenting on landlord’s calculations for rent. While there are landlords who will maximise their opportunity to make higher yields, often many...

Private Renters Three Times More Exposed To Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a notorious killer. This odourless, colourless and non-irritant gas, exposure to which even at a low level, can cause serious injuries and in more extreme cases – death. It is estimated that one in 10 Scottish adults has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home and the risk of exposure is...

Electricity a Cause of 69% of All Fires in Scottish Homes

According to Scottish Government statistics, 69% of all accidental fires in Scottish homes, which equates to more than 3400 a year, are caused by electricity. Independent research conducted by Electrical Safety First also indicates that it is private tenants who are more likely to be at risk of electric shock or fire than owner occupiers....