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Aberdeen | North East

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Glasgow | West | Dumfries

14b Scotland - Glasgow, West of Scotland and Dumfriesshire
Tanya Richards

Representative: Tanya Richards
Company: Propertymark
Branch: Propertymark

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Inverness | Highlands | Islands | Argyll

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

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Edinburgh | Fife | Central | Borders

14c Scotland - Edinburgh, Fife, Central Scotland and Scottish Borders
Tanya Richards

Representative: Tanya Richards
Company: Propertymark
Branch: Propertymark

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Kathleen Gell

Kathleen Gell
ARLA Propertymark Regional Rep

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January 2020

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Regional round-up

Following the result of the General Election I am struck by two things: the sheer volume of support for Boris south of the border and the equally resounding support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Scotland.

Now that it appears certain “Brexit will be done” and landlords can plan and move on, those of us in Scotland are unlikely to be so fortunate. The determination by Nicola Sturgeon to push ahead with Indyref2 will inevitably lead to another prolonged period of uncertainty for Scotland.

Having said the above, I understand that investment in the Build to Rent sector is growing in Scotland and that units are quickly let. In the north of Scotland, tenant demand dropped significantly in November and December as did new landlord instructions. According to the November 2019 RICS Residential Market Survey, firms involved with lettings have found the same to be the case across Scotland.

Regarding letting agent regulation, a significant number of agents managing properties in Scotland continue to do so but are not compliant meaning they are not on the letting agent register, primarily because they do not have a client account. It is likely the Scottish Government will seek an extension from the Minister for these firms to become compliant – if indeed they can.

Other news relates to a proposed Bill from Pauline McNeil MSP seeking to limit rent increases, aware that Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) are not effective in achieving the intended aim.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Regulations have been updated in Scotland. The changes relate to how and when to lodge deposits paid in instalments, the requirement for TDS providers to notify tenants of sanctions available to them if their deposit was lodged with the scheme after 30 working days.

The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 are now in force and there is now a requirement on the landlord to confirm by declaration, that, amongst other things, the property meets the Repairing Standard and all the relevant safety certificates are in place. Each of the 32 local authorities are required to sample approximately one in 10 landlords to verify the claims – it will be interesting to see how many, if any, do so.

It is also worth noting that the number of letting agents in Scotland who are now operating with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) stands at 863. Some 32 applications have been withdrawn. There are 83 applications pending and 53 extensions, which have been requested by the Scottish Government. More time than the legislative one year to process applications has been requested from the Tribunal due to these agents not having client accounts or client money protection.

 

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