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Are you registered with the ICO?

In order to comply with data protection legislation most landlords and letting agents should be registered with the Information Commissioner (the ICO). Registration can be done online here and in most cases costs £40 per year. You can check whether you need to...

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Plans for holiday let regulation announced

Following a public consultation on the regulation of short term/holiday lets last year, that government has announced plans to regulate the sector. The Housing Minister announced in parliament that the Scottish Government will: Introduce licencing for short-term lets,...

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Reminder: timing of rent arrears notice

SAL members are reminded that following an Upper Tribunal case last year, they should wait until a PRT tenant has owed some rent for a period of three months before serving a Notice to Leave on the rent arrears ground. The Upper Tribunal set an important but...

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Rebrand for member agent One Stop Properties

New Year, New Brand, New Team A recent rebrand and fit out for One Stop Properties has been ‘turning heads’ in Glasgow.  A stunning gold property forms the basis of the new logo which reflects the quality properties that One Stop Properties manages on behalf of...

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Christmas and New Year holiday

The SAL office and member helpline closes on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and reopens at 9.00am on Monday 6 January 2020. Membership renewals and setting up direct debits for membership payments can still be done online throughout the holiday period – see your...

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Hotpoint/Indesit washing machine recall

Landlords have a duty of care to ensure their property is safe for their tenants to live in. With this in mind landlords should be alert to product recalls and ensure that where a recall is issued for a product they have supplied in a rental property, that they take...

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Letting agent registration update

CLA director Mike Campbell recently attended a stakeholder meeting with the Scottish Government to get an update on how registration is progressing. So far 863 agents are registered and seven applications have been refused. A list of the refusals can be found on the...

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DWP announces improvements to landlord payments

Direct payment of Universal Credit to a landlord, referred to as “managed payment to landlord” (MPL) can be made when any of the following apply: a claimant is in arrears with their rent for an amount equal to, or more than, two months of their renta claimant has...

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