Scotland Regional Meetings

Aberdeen | North East

  • Aberdeen - Park Inn Hotel - Tuesday 30th January 2018 09:30 - 12:00
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Glasgow | West | Dumfries

  • Glasgow - Thursday 18th January 2018 09:30 - 12:00
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Inverness | Highlands | Islands | Argyll

14d Scotland - Inverness, the Highlands, Islands and Argyllshire
Mrs Kathleen Gell

Representative: Mrs Kathleen Gell
Company: Simply Let Limited
Branch: Simply Let


  • Kingsmill Hotel - Thursday 22nd February 2018 12:30 - 14:30
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Edinburgh | Fife | Central | Borders

  • Edinburgh Marriott Hotel - Thursday 11th January 2018 09:30 - 12:00
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  • Dundee DoubleTree Hilton - Friday 9th February 2018 09:30 - 12:00
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Neil McInnes

November 2017

1 December 2017 will be a historic day in the Scottish PRS.

The new Private Rented Tenancy (PRT) was finalised by the Scottish Government at the beginning of October and goes live in December

From then, all new tenancies in Scotland must be PRTs and will be underpinned by the new legislation. There are a few significant changes, one of the key ones is that tenants will no longer be tied down to an initial period (they can serve 28 days’ notice to leave on the first day of the tenancy). This might mean that tenancies become more fluid with the removal of the six-month minimum period; however, weigh that up against the statistics that show average tenancy lengths are getting longer – the average tenancy length is more than two years.

Another significant change is the removal of the no-fault ground for landlords to bring a tenancy to an end, which means that unless a tenant breaches a condition of their lease, landlords can only bring the tenancy to an end if they are going to sell the property or move back in.

The theoretical impact on how tenancies will be affected is clear but how this will play out, in reality, no one really knows – only time will tell.

1 December 2017 will see another landmark piece of legislation introduced – Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). These will be brought in to prevent unfair rent increases for sitting tenants. RPZs will not affect rental properties on the open market where prospective tenants can choose whether to pay a certain rent or not. Sitting tenancies in RPZs could be restricted to one rent increase per year at no more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus one per cent.

The first step on the road for RPZs to be introduced is for local authorities to request that areas of high rent in their jurisdiction are designated as RPZs, meaning that the restrictions on rent levels can be applied. Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils have already applied for their entire local authorities to be made RPZs.

It’s going to be an interesting few years in Scotland.

Neil McInnes MARLA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative

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