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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...

More work needed on Building Safety Bill in order to protect leaseholders

25 November 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee released their report on the draft Building Safety Bill this week outlining their concerns that the draft does not do enough to protect leaseholders. Read More...

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill – a call for your views

Tuesday 13 October 2020

The Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a call for views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill, Propertymark will be responding and encourages others to feed their views into us to form our response.

About the Bill

The intention of the Bill is to:

  • impose caps on annual rent rises for private residential tenancies to no more than CPI + one per cent. There will also be powers afforded to the Scottish Government to vary the cap.
  • allow private residential tenants to ask for a “fair open market rent”
  • offer the tenants an option to appeal any rent increases with the First-Tier Tribunal or Rent Officer having the powers only to agree to the proposed rent increase or decide it should be lower
  • Provide Rent officers the powers to decrease the rent if the property is
    - in generally poor condition
    - failing to meet the repairing standard,
    - has a poor energy efficiency
    - inadequate in terms of the standard of internal decor and furniture provided
    - not to cap the rent on any new tenancies
  • require private landlords to enter further detailed information in the landlord register about
    - the level of rents they charge
    - the number of occupiers
    - the number of bedrooms and living space in the property

Progression of the Bill

With the next parliamentary elections due next Spring and considering the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the Committee and the Parliament expect to have a very full work schedule. As the proposal for any law requires very careful consideration, there is a possibility the Bill will fall before the election is called.

The Committee undertakes to carefully consider all submissions it receives on the Bill and will decide on its next steps early in the New Year.

YOUR VIEWS COUNT

The Committee is welcoming responses from those with an interest in the Bill and the consultation closes on Monday 7 December.

Submit your views

ARLA Propertymark will also be submitting a response. If you would like to help shape our response, please send your comments on the Bill to darylmcintosh@propertymark.co.uk prior to the closing date.