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Anti-Social Behaviour Will Still be Grounds for Eviction

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has reassured landlords that anti-social behaviour by tenants will be grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill.

During a Q&A with Scottish landlords to mark National Landlords Day, Margaret Burgess said the Private Tenancies Bill will enable landlords to manage their property and deal with anti-social behaviour.

“Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable, which is why this Bill outlines clearly that it is grounds for eviction,” she explained.

“Landlords will still be able to manage their property and, in the worst cases, can seek to evict tenants on these grounds just as they do now,” she said. “In addition, if a tenant refuses to leave, the eviction case will then go to the Housing Tribunal – a new form of redress that landlords have long called for and supported. This will be a fair, efficient and accessible process for both landlords and tenants.”

“Ending the ability for arbitrary eviction is the right thing to do, and is something any reasonable landlord should support,” she added. “I would stress that there is nothing for landlords to fear with this Bill.”

The Scottish Government says that its Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill will protect 700,000 people from the prospect of unforeseen and unfair eviction and unpredictability over rent increases, as well as ensuring the sector is attractive to investors, with better management and regulation.

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