Consultation over, but our work doesn't end!

Tuesday 23 December 2014

The long wait now begins for the Scottish Government's final report following the closing of the consultation period on a new tenancy agreement for the private sector. But rest assured, we will continue lobbying the Scottish Government on our members behalf.

The consultation, which could result in a complete overhaul of Scottish rental legislation, closed on 28 December 2015.

Prior to closing, we submitted an ARLA response to the consultation after conducting meetings and focus groups with members across the country aimed at gauging opinions leading up to the consultation. As you will read, we argued:

  • Strongly against the abolition of ‘no-fault’ possession (Section 33);
  • Against the imposition of longer minimum tenancy length;
  • In favour of notice periods being based on tenancy duration;
  • For more clarity and certainty over the proposed mandatory possession grounds;
  • In support of a model tenancy agreement (in principle);
  • Strongly against the imposition of rent controls or other Government intervention in rental prices.

The opinions of those who responded to the consultation and who gave permission, will be available to view via the Scottish Government Library and on the consultation web pages within 25 working days of the consultation closing.

Once the responses have been analysed a report will be issued on the consultation within 12 weeks of the closing date. 

David Cox, Managing Director or ARLA said "Thanks to everyone who submitted their views for the consultation. We eagerly await the findings, but in the meantime, rest assured that we will continue our efforts with the Scottish Government by representing our members views."  

You can view the consultation at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0046/00460022.pdf

Click here for the full ARLA submission