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Fair Rents Bill introduced

05 June 2020

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 1 June 2020, with the aim of changing the law in Scotland by amending the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 and controlling the rent levels for Private Residential Tenancies. Read More...

Rebecca Marsh announced as new Property Ombudsman

05 June 2020

From October 2020, Rebecca Marsh will take up the role of The Property Ombudsman, taking over from Katrine Sporle CBE, whose five-year contract comes to an end on 31 October. Read More...

Discretion in Scottish COVID-19 grant scheme means eligible agencies should get help

04 June 2020

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised by Propertymark on behalf of its members, following reports that some Scottish agents had been denied access to business support schemes when local authorities declared the grant is not available to their sector. Read More...

Landlord fails in appeal after not protecting tenants’ deposits

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A buy-to-let landlord has been unsuccessful in their appeal after failing to pay their tenants deposit into an approved scheme and has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000.

Linda Searle appealed against the decision made at the First-tier Tribunal at Scotland Housing and Property Chamber in which she was ordered to pay £1,875 to her former tenants, Marc Bleazard and Kimberly Whyte.

Bleazard and Whyte occupied the landlord’s property in Edinburgh from July 2013 to mid-last year, with an initial duration of one year and thereafter continued by tacit relocation.

The pair paid a tenancy deposit of one month’s rent set at £625. However, this was not paid into an approved tenancy deposit scheme, as legally required by the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011, until September 2017.

The landlord appealed the decision, claiming that she had done nothing wrong, but the First-tier Tribunal decided that the original award of £1,875 was justified, and therefore it was upheld.

Tenancy Deposit Protection

ARLA Propertymark members have access to a raft of exclusive benefits including the very best rates when it comes to Tenancy Deposit Protection with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

You will never pay more than £9.25 but could pay as little as £3.60 for Insured tenancy deposit protection. 

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme

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