The Scottish Government is seeking your view on the Housing Bill 2014

  

 

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is seeking views in the general principles of the 'Housing (Scotland) Bill 2014 that is going to be introduce later in the year.  See request here http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/71398.aspx

This bill includes major changes that will affect the way the Private Rented Sector do business in Scotland. We welcome the vast majority of the changes proposed.

We are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of the following:

 

  •         The regulation of letting agents in Scotland, including a system for redressing:  We truly believe in compliance and very high standards.  Regulation will simply protect landlords and tenants from many unprofessional letting agents that currently trade freely.

 

  •         Transfer of most legal cases of the Private Rented Sector from the Sherif Courts to the First Tier Tribunals:  We enjoy a very trouble-free letting business in Aberdeen, however we know from our colleagues round Scotland about the impracticalities of the Sherif Court system.

 

Furthermore we are very pleased to see how some of the bodies we belong to, including CLA (Council of Letting Agents –Scotland-) and ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents), have played a key part in the initial consultation period that was conducted in 2013 and early 2014.  Please refer to CLA brief paper about this bill https://www.scottishlandlords.com/NewsPolicy/PolicyItem.aspx?ArticleId=153

 

Now it is your opportunity to be heard.  It is vital that you put forward your thoughts, what you agree with or disagree with, before the 28th February 2014

  

The content of this Bill could be summarised as follows:

  • Private Rented Housing Dispute Resolution (i.e. the transfer of legal cases from the Sherif Courts to the First-Tier Tribunals)
  • Regulation of Letting Agents, including:
    • Registration
    • Duties of registered letting agents
    • Code of practice
    • Consequences of Refusal or Removal
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Offences
  • Private Landlord Registration
  • Enforcement of the Repairing Standard

 

If any of these points interests or concerns you, please read look into it carefully and comment accordingly. We as a leading company of the Private Rented Sector in Aberdeen have already put our opinion forward to the Scottish Government.

Please make sure you have submitted your opinion to the Scottish Government by Friday 28th of February 2014.  Send your response (preferably in Microsoft Word format) to ici.committee@scottish.parliament.uk

If you wish you could also send a copy of your response to the Scottish Association of Landlords (info@scottishlandlords.com) so that they can represent your view in the next round of talks.

If you need clarification about this bill or our position regarding it, please contact me directly on 07984-408093.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Eduardo Prato

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