Letting agent regulation enforcement framework published

The Scottish Government has published details of how the new letting agent registration requirements will be monitored and enforced. Monitoring action will include: A fit and proper person test including a criminal record check on applicants Monitoring of the nature...

Universal Credit tenants to be given choice of payment to landlords

Universal Credit (UC) claimants in areas of Scotland where the full UC service has been rolled out can now elect to have the housing element of their benefit paid directly to their landlord. Claimants can request this at any time through their online UC account and...

Major overhaul to Making Tax Digital plans

Under UK government proposals, landlords with a turnover above £10,000 were going to be required to keep financial records digitally using specialist software and send HMRC quarterly updates on their tax affairs. We are pleased to report that in response to concerns...

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords

SAL has long campaigned for tenants to have the choice to have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord. Therefore we are delighted that the Scottish Government has laid regulations before Parliament affording this right to tenants in receipt of Universal...

LBTT supplement bill passed

Legislation to introduce a 3% supplement on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for purchases of additional residential property has now been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The supplement will apply to purchases of additional residential properties (other...

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill 2015

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill has now completed the three stages of the parliamentary process. The final wording has been agreed by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) by a vote of 84 to 14. For further details on what SAL campaigned for and...