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New Private Residential Tenancy 01/12/2017 The biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation will mean tenants now have more security and stability coupled with better safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors

New Private Residential Tenancy

The biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation will mean tenants now have more security and stability coupled with better safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors, says the Scottish Government.

The new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) will have no end date and can only be terminated by a tenant giving written notice to their landlord or by the landlord using one of 18 grounds for eviction. Tenants will have the right to challenge a wrongful termination.

Landlords can only increase rent once a year and are required to give tenants three months’ written notice of any rise. Tenants can challenge this rise if they think it is unfair.

Landlords will also benefit from a more accessible repossession process and a simplified way to give notice.

“Today represents a new dawn for all private renters in Scotland and these new laws bring unprecedented security of tenure to private renters with landlords now needing a good reason to evict tenants,” said Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland.

According to John Blackwood, Chief Executive for Scottish Association of Landlords, the new agreement should make life considerably easier for landlords. He believes the improved and clarified grounds for eviction, alongside a clearly defined process, will further help streamline the sector.

“The new clauses will make it easier for landlords to ensure contracts are fully compliant with the law as well as being easier for both them and tenants to understand, hopefully reducing tension and unnecessary disagreements,” he said. “We also hope this will make it easier to identify rogue landlords and drive them out of the sector whilst encouraging the overwhelming number of landlords who act responsibly to play their part in increasing the supply of housing available in Scotland.”

More details can be found here.

 

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