This month, Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice, outlines how the NLA will respond to the government’s consultation on longer tenancies. The issue: the government consultation on ‘overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector’ Summary On 2 July, the secretary of state for communities, James Brokenshire, published an eight-week … Continue reading NLA in action
Since 1947, Edinburgh has welcomed performers and tourists to the city as part of its summer Fringe Festival. Many make the annual pilgrimage to Auld Reekie to see the very best (and bizarre) in comedy, music and theatre - from established names to aspiring newcomers. It’s estimated that around 2,500 artists take part at … Continue reading Is the Edinburgh Fringe under threat?
The NLA is reminding landlords and letting agents in Scotland that from 2nd July it will be mandatory to protect their tenants’ deposits. The law, passed by the Scottish Government last year, requires all new and existing deposits be lodged with a government-licensed scheme. TDP has been law in England and Wales since 2007, but … Continue reading TENANCY DEPOSIT PROTECTION COMES TO SCOTLAND
Most landlords ask new tenants to pay a month's deposit as security in case of any damage to the property or non-payment of rent by the tenant. It’s the only real protection available to us should things go wrong later on. However, what happens to that money at the end of the tenancy is also … Continue reading Deposits: Whose money is it anyway?
Good old Alex Salmond has done it again. He would hate to admit it but he just loves to copy the English! ‘If England has a tenancy deposit scheme, then so must Scotland’ he said – well not in exactly those words but you get the gist. At the end of January this year, the … Continue reading How do you separate a Scottish landlord from his deposits?…….Ask Alex