Tenancy reform proposals published

The Scottish Government has today launched its consultation on tenancy reform. The Scottish Government have today launched their consultation on tenancy reform. The consultation document proposes a complete reform of the current tenancy regime and as such is the most important consultation on landlord/tenant legislation in over 25 years. If legislated on, the measures proposed …


LAS training and legal updates coming up soon

SAL sister organisation Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is running a variety of events over and above their programme of Core Standards training.  You may already have had details directly from LAS – the aim is to bring as much practical advice as possible to aid in the day to day process of working in the …


Antisocial Behaviour Act consultation

The Scottish Government is considering a number of suggestions for legislative change to The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 which would help improve the response to antisocial behaviour. Based on engagement with police and local authority antisocial behaviour teams the Government is of the view that there is no need for fundamental legislative reform …


Students and parents warned to beware rogue letting agents

To coincide with the start of Fresher’s Weeks’ across Scotland, the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) has released its “top tips” to help students spot rogue letting agents when finding private rented accommodation. Students, especially those with no prior renting experience, are often a prime target for rogue letting agents, resulting in high costs and …


Progamme published for next week’s the Agency Business conference

The conference team is delighted to publish the programme for next week’s major annual letting agent conference, The Agency Business. The conference takes place at the Lighthouse on Thursday 4 September and you can now download PDF programme here. Delegates no need to print this out it’s a low res version and we will have printed …


Member survey results: Rents and tenure

We recently asked landlord members to complete a survey. The survey asked for members’ approaches to rent increases and their views on how proposals to increase tenants’ security of tenure and controls on rent increases would affect them. A similar survey was sent to CLA members to gather agents’ views. The landlord survey showed that …


Implementation of the Immigration Act

The Immigration Act 2014 introduced a requirement for landlords of private rental accommodation to conduct checks to establish that new tenants have the right to live in the UK. Landlords who rent to illegal migrants without conducting these checks will be liable for a civil penalty of up to £3000. If the landlord engages a …


HMRC toolkits and webinars in August

HMRC has launched live webinars to help landlords and businesses. Their first session takes place on Thursday 7 August at 2.00pm and is described as an introduction to property income. It is aimed at anyone who is soon going to receive income from property or those who have recently started receiving income from property. It …