England: Selective licensing helping to tackle dangerous homes

Selective licensing schemes in England are helping to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector but could be even more effective with more government support, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.

Published 24 January 2019

Fife landlord fined for third illegal letting conviction

A private landlord in Fife who became the first to be disqualified by a Scottish court has been fined £12,000 after illegally renting out properties for a third time.

Published 18 January 2019

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer.

Published 17 January 2019

Blog: The Private Rented Tenancy Regime… one year on

Marking one year since the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act saw private rented civil cases transferred to the Housing and Property Chamber, BTO solicitor Lauren McLeod provides comment on how the tribunals have been working in practice.

Published 15 January 2019

End of ‘amateur’ landlord era as 2019 marks year when private rented sector changes

The era of the ‘amateur’ landlord may be at an end as 2019 will see further erosion of the tax benefits of being a landlord, according to an accountants and business advisory firm.

Published 14 January 2019

Blog: Tribunal wins for private tenants show powers of new rules

Several recent judgements by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) show that tenants now have an effective way of making sure that their landlord or letting agent meet the minimum standards for the condition of their homes, writes James Mullaney.

Published 10 January 2019

New property management portal aims to revolutionise lettings industry

A new property management portal is to be launched which aims to revolutionise the lettings industry by establishing new standards of transparency, fairness, and convenience for the benefit of both landlords and tenants.

Published 7 January 2019

Number of Scots still renting their home when retired has doubled

The number of people still privately renting their home after they have retired has doubled in the last decade, according to new figures.

Published 4 January 2019

Spiralling private rents ‘don’t tell the full story’, warns Govan Law Centre

As rents in Scotland’s private rented sector spiral at double the rate of inflation, Govan Law Centre (GLC) has warned that the story beneath the increase is “stark and deeply worrying” and will lead to more homelessness and poverty.

Published 3 January 2019

Landlords body concerned tax changes will stifle investment

Scotland’s largest membership body for private landlords has expressed concern that tax changes announced by the Scottish Government will reduce investment and exacerbate the country’s housing crisis.

Published 18 December 2018

Judging by the Scottish case, a specialist Housing Court in England will see a wave of deposit protection cases

The number of tenancy deposit cases now being heard by the Scottish First-tier Tribunal could mean that a similar specialist court in England would have to deal with up to 1,200 deposit protection cases each year, according to the chair of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

Published 17 December 2018

Increase in Additional Dwelling Supplement ‘unlikely to benefit first time buyers’

A 1% rise in the tax paid by those purchasing an additional home in Scotland is unlikely to free up more properties for first time buyers, according to ESPC Lettings head, Nicky Lloyd.

Published 17 December 2018

Tenants’ union demands end to winter evictions

A union for tenants in Scotland will hold a national day of action on Saturday demanding the Scottish Government implements a ban on evictions during the winter months.

Published 14 December 2018

Blog: Short term lets: The impact on Scotland’s housing system

The concentration of Airbnb lets in Edinburgh is higher than that of New York, Berlin, Barcelona and even London. Izzy Gaughan asks what this means for Scotland's housing crisis?

Published 12 December 2018

Letting agent forms compliance partnership with Edinburgh software company

Edinburgh letting agent Umega Lettings is working with Leith-based start-up Amiqus Resolution to streamline and automate its client and staff compliance processes.

Published 12 December 2018