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Private rented sector reforms 30/03/2015 The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on reforming private sector tenancy laws, in the hope of removing the fear of eviction and helping tenants to assert their rights.

Private rented sector reforms

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on reforming private sector tenancy laws, in the hope of removing the fear of eviction and helping tenants to assert their rights.

Among the measures are proposals to:

  • Scrap the current "no-fault" repossession clause that allows landlords to reclaim their property simply because a fixed rental term has ended;
  • Modernise the grounds that landlords can use if they wish to regain possession of their property, including a new ground if they wish to sell; and
  • Allow tenants to take unjustified rent rises to arbitration.

Specific measures may also be introduced to combat excessive increases in hot-spot areas such as Aberdeen and the Lothians.

“By creating a new and simplified system we will have better property management, while tenants and landlords will be provided with more clarity and a better understanding of what the tenancy agreement means for them,” said Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

 

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