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TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

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Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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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

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Notice period documents and guidance on Pre-Action Requirements published

Tuesday 13 October 2020

The Scottish Government has recently published updated versions of the Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement, Easy Read Notes, Statutory Terms Supporting Notes, Notice to Leave, and Form AT6. Guidance has also been published to support agents and landlords following the introduction of the Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

The updated documents come as part of the Government's introduction of new regulations that changed the length of notice periods landlords must provide tenants when using certain grounds for possession whilst the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 is in force.

The newly published guidance aims to support agents and landlords with their understanding as to the actions they are required to meet when seeking repossession on the grounds of rent arrears

The guidance includes useful information such as:

  • Information for tenants regarding their rights around evictions and the pre-action requirements
  • Details of the available funding and financial support tenants can access
  • Template letters to help ensure tenants are receiving the right information and support from agents and landlords
  • A spreadsheet to help tenants work out their affordability when calculating a suitable payment plan.

All the documents are available on the ARLA Propertymark website below and must be used until 31 March 2021. Full details of the guidance can also be found below.

Updated documents          Guidance

Virtual online training

Propertymark's Regaining Possession on the Grounds of Rent Arrears in Scotland virtual online training course covers the recently introduced requirements which landlords and agents are expected to follow in order to regain possession of a property subject to a PRT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics covered:

  • The Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020
  • Pre-action requirements
  • Documenting compliance
  • Template documents

Find out more and register