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Covid-19 current information

The SAL team is working to represent our members’ views and assist where needed, with the many devastating health, social, personal and economic effects of the current Covid-19 crisis. We are here to provide the most up to date information and guidance for our...

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Update on minimum EPC requirement

The Scottish Government decided in January 2021 to pause the laying of regulations to introduce a minimum EPC requirement for properties in the private rented sector (PRS). This was because of the ongoing pandemic, the impact it was having on the PRS and on the...

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A guide to self-assessment for landlords

SAL member landlords make money from renting out properties, and that of course is the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) definition of a landlord. As such, most landlords complete an annual self-assessment tax return which tells HMRC how much income tax you’ll owe on your...

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SafeDeposits Scotland Q&A

Thank you to all the members who attended the recent online events. We were pleased that so many good questions were asked by members to Paula Guthrie from SafeDeposits Scotland. Please remember if you have any questions about any aspect of letting in Scotland, SAL...

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Holiday/short let regulation update

The Scottish Government has been working to introduce regulation of the holiday/short let sector. This involves two pieces of legislation. The first, giving local authorities the power to introduce control areas within which planning permission will be required for...

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Revised code of conduct for property factors

A revised code of conduct for property factors was approved by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year and came into force on 16 August 2021. The purpose of the revision was to clarify and strengthen the code to ensure that property factors work to a consistent...

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Covid-19 update

Now that Scotland has moved out of the levels system, the government’s advice is that everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious. All normal landlord/letting agent activities continue to be permitted including property inspections, viewings, move...

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