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Ministerial guidance for Scottish letting agents

Thursday 19 March 2020

The Scottish Government has announced they intend to make a temporary legislative change to amend the mandatory grounds for eviction under the Private Residential Tenancy from three months to six months.

The move comes as part of wider Government measures to support those tenants suffering financial hardship due to Coronoavirus.

Ministers have also written to the UK Finance and the UK Government urging them to move to a six-month mortgage holiday for all mortgages, including Buy to Let after the banks had agreed a three month mortgage holiday.

In a letter sent to all agents yesterday, 18 March, on the letting agent register, the Scottish Government has asked for everyone's support to ensure tenants who find themselves in financial difficulty due to COVID-19 are made aware of the support available.

Letter to agents

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I know that we must get the balance right between protecting tenants and ensuring landlords can continue to provide housing. I would emphasise the position is changing on a daily basis. 

I am sure landlords recognise we are in unparalleled times and we cannot have people at risk of being made homeless.

Kevin Stuart, MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

Communicating with tenants

Tenants are urged to apply for Statutory Sick Pay and Universal Credit (UC), where eligible, as well as speaking to you as soon as they are in financial difficulty.

UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Those tenants that are affected can claim Universal Credit (UC), if eligible, which includes support for housing costs. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this easier.

Universal Credit

DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENTS

Tenants who are receiving Housing Benefit or UC but still can't afford their housing costs may be eligible for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). 

DHP

SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND

Tenants may be able to also get support through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Scottish Welfare Fund

WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

On the back of members' comments, Propertymark is bringing these to the Government’s attention to ensure the sector’s voice is heard. We will inform members and the sector of any further progression.