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Government to Introduce Private Tenancies Bill

Earlier this month, the First Minister outlined the Scottish Government’s plans for the final year of this parliamentary term. The wide-ranging legislative programme will see eight new bills introduced, with measures included to strengthen the law on harassment and sexual offending; increase security for private tenants, protecting against excessive rents; and implement the recommendations made […]

Private Landlord Report Attracts Criticism

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has spoken out against a recent Citizens Advice study that claims 740,000 households in England live in privately rented homes that present a severe threat to tenants’ health. The report says that these properties have category 1 hazards – the most serious of problems. The report also claims that: 16% […]

Reforms of the Private Rental Sector

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation over plans to overhaul legislation governing the private rental sector. According to Housing Minister Margaret Burgess, the proposed reforms will remove the fear of eviction and help tenants to assert their rights. The current “no-fault” repossession clause that allows landlords to reclaim their property simply because a fixed […]