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TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

27 November 2020

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the debate on whether owners and agents should allow tenants to keep pets in private rented properties given the spike in pet ownership since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Read More...

Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

26 November 2020

The Government has opened a consultation on mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in England. While the consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021, primarily focuses on social housing it also covers aspects of the private rented sector and is an opportunity to make the case for reform of existing regulations, where they could be improved. Read More...

Home moves still permitted in Scotland through tier system

Monday 02 November 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed that as from today, 2 November 2020, a new five-tier system applies to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 but will allow house moves to continue.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance on moving home has been updated to reflect the new framework and makes clear that home moves will continue to be permitted, provided they can be carried out safely. People can move home in all protection tiers, and to and from areas with different tiers.  

Agents are asked to work from home wherever possible regardless of which tier applies to the area they work in. Agents are also asked to consider whether they can postpone a move and related activities in areas subject to tier 4 protections.  

Businesses can also continue to support people to move home in all areas, following relevant guidance, including the Scottish Government’s latest guidance for employers and businesses on returning to work safely during COVID-19.

With the situation constantly evolving, agents should ensure they are following the latest guidance and keep up to date with the latest public health advice.

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