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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Should I tell my landlord if I'm going on holiday?

Ask SafeDeposits: Should I tell my landlord if I'm going on holiday?

Posted on Wednesday 29th of November 2017

With Christmas quickly approaching, a lot of tenants will be planning to pack up and go on holiday - whether it's to stay with family or friends, or to head abroad for some winter sunshine - but do you have to tell your landlord or letting agent if you're leaving your home empty? Your tenancy agreement should have a clause which explains your responsibilities if you leave the property empty. For example, your tenancy agreement might say that you need to tell your landlord...Read More

Comment on TPO and ARLA regional roadshows

TPO and ARLA regional roadshows

Posted on Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Letting agents in Scotland will soon be required by law to comply with a mandatory Letting Agent Code of Practice and to join a Register of Letting Agents. The Property Ombudsman, alongside the Association of Residential Letting Agents, has confirmed it plans to co-host a series of free events in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh on 5th, 6th and 7th of December, to help letting agents understand the impact of these changes, which come into force in January 2018. Each of the roadshows will...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: We're letting our property to three tenants - do they pay the deposit separately or together?

Ask SafeDeposits: We're letting our property to three tenants - do they pay the deposit separately or together?

Posted on Friday 24th of November 2017

If you're letting your property to more than one tenant, you should either prepare a joint assured shorthold tenancy agreement or separate assured shorthold tenancy agreements for each person. If you decide to rent the property as a joint tenancy, all tenants will sign a joint tenancy agreement when they move in. If this is the case, the tenants will pay one deposit for the tenancy. Even though they might only contribute a share of the deposit each, a joint tenancy agreement means...Read More

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National Maintenance Week 2017

Posted on Monday 20th of November 2017

The annual National Maintenance Week campaign raises awareness of the importance of regular care to maintain a property. With the week taking place from Friday 17th November to Friday 24th November, it's also a perfect opportunity to give your home a health check before the wet and cold weather over winter causes any problems. Whether you own or rent an old house or modern flat, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the charity behind National Maintenance Week, have shared...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can a deposit be transferred between deposit accounts?

Posted on Thursday 16th of November 2017

When a landlord or letting agent has multiple properties a tenant might want to move from one property into another. We're often asked if the address on the deposit account can be updated to the new address, or if the money can be transferred from one deposit account into another. Unfortunately we can't change an address or transfer funds internally within a user's account because the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require a deposit to be repaid from the scheme...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Ask SafeDeposits: Who can claim the deposit back?

Posted on Friday 10th of November 2017

After a tenancy comes to an end, either the landlord (or their letting agent) or tenant can log in to the SafeDeposits website to enter a repayment request. This will confirm how the deposit should be repaid (e.g. if the full amount should be repaid to the tenant, or if any should be paid to the landlord for rent arrears, cleaning, etc.). How quickly should a repayment request be entered? A repayment request can be entered on the same day as the tenancy ends. There is no legal time frame...Read More