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 will make fundamental changes to the tenancy system which will affect all landlords, letting agents and tenants in Scotland. The consultation document can be found here.

SAL have been involved in the tenancy review process right from the outset, representing members on the Tenancy Review Working Group which made recommendations to ministers earlier this year. Whilst we welcome many aspects of the proposals including the model tenancy agreement and improved grounds for repossession, we also have a number of concerns, including: -

•    the loss of a landlord’s right to end the tenancy at the expiry of the fixed term without having to use grounds for possession; and
•    the consideration being given to mid tenancy rent controls.

We would encourage all members to read the consultation document and submit a formal response to the Scottish Government on the questions contained therein.

We would also be interested to hear members’ comments on the proposals which should be emailed to policy@scottishlandlords.com. We will of course be submitting a formal response on behalf of SAL and CLA members. The consultation period runs until 28 December 2014.