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More security for tenants 06/10/2014 Plans to give tenants more security of tenure are proposed in a new consultation launched by the Housing Minister Margaret Burgess this week.

More security for tenants

Plans to give tenants more security of tenure are proposed in a new consultation launched by the Housing Minister Margaret Burgess this week.

The New Tenancy for the Private Sector consultation, which will run until 28th December 2014, aims to give tenants a greater sense of security, and provide appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.

Through the proposals landlords must offer a minimum tenancy of six months and the Notice to Quit will be linked to how long the tenant has lived in the property.

It is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to reform the private rented sector tenancy by enabling more effective regulation, applying tougher enforcement and attracting new investment.

The document will consult on proposals to:

  • modernise the reasons a landlord can use to get back possession of their property;
  • enable tenants to stay in their home at the end of their lease unless one of the new reasons above occur; and
  • introduce longer notice periods for landlords and tenants.

It will also explore issues relating to rent levels.
 

 

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