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Letting agent client account update

CLA members are still reporting to us that some banks are not able to offer them a client account as required for compliance with the Letting Agent Code of Practice. We are also aware that the Bank of Scotland has written to some agents to withdraw the client accounts...

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Amendments to deposit scheme legislation

The Scottish Government recently conducted a review of the operation of the tenancy deposit schemes and, following input from SAL and other stakeholders, has decided to make amendments to the deposit scheme legislation. The amendments of relevance to landlords are:...

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Improving universal credit

When universal credit has been fully rolled out to all new and existing benefit claimants (due to be the case by the end of 2023), it will be paid to over a quarter of households in the UK. It is therefore vital that it operates smoothly in order to protect the most...

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SAL responds to rent cap consultation

SAL has submitted a response to Pauline McNeill MSP’s consultation on introducing a Member’s Bill in the Scottish Parliament to place a blanket restriction on private rented sector (PRS) rent increases.Read the SAL response (members please remember to log in so...

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What is wear and tear?

It is a commonly used phrase in lettings, but what does it mean? If an item deteriorates due to wear and tear then the landlord is responsible for the repair/replacement cost. If it has deteriorated due to damage then the landlord can pursue the tenant for...

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Book now for our universal credit roadshows

SAL, in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), invites you to book to attend one of our upcoming roadshow information sessions all about universal credit. Whether or not you currently have tenants in receipt of benefits, any tenant’s...

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SAL responds to short term lets consultation

The Scottish Government is currently seeking views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. Short-term lets have become the subject of much controversy in some parts of Scotland and the government has made a commitment to ensure that local authorities have...

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Consultation on HMO definition categories

The Scottish Government is seeking views on adding new categories to the definition of an HMO. The aim is to address potential health and safety concerns in relation to the accommodation that contract and transient workers live in when they are working away from their...

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Minimum EPC regulations published

The Scottish Government has published its long expected minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) draft regulations and guidance, along with a consultation seeking views on their content. Basic guidance on the forthcoming requirement can be read here. A more...

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