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Comment on Guest post by Cats Protection: Renting with cats

Guest post by Cats Protection: Renting with cats

Posted on Tuesday 8th of August 2017

The art of purr-suading landlords More and more people in Scotland and across the UK are privately renting. Many people in this type of housing are unable to become pet owners, as it is common for landlords to prohibit pets. A Cats Protection survey of our network of adoption centres and branches that rehome cats found that over half of the respondents said it was 'very' or 'extremely' difficult to rehome cats into homes privately rented from a landlord. However,...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: What happens if there's no response to a repayment request?

Ask SafeDeposits: What happens if there's no response to a repayment request?

Posted on Thursday 3rd of August 2017

Ask SafeDeposits: What happens if there's no response to a repayment request? The importance of contact details When a landlord registers a deposit, we ask for contact details for the tenant, specifically a phone number (preferably a mobile number) and email address. We can't stress enough how important contact details are: we need to be able to contact the tenant after they move out of the property to ask them to complete the repayment steps. If we can't contact the tenant, the...Read More

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The student guide to renting

Posted on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

ARLA Propertymark have put together a new guide for students renting in Scotland, to help you find a suitable flat, keep you and your money safe, and know how to get your deposit back after you move out: Before you start looking Money Decide what you can afford before you start flat hunting. Remember you will have to budget for rent, gas, electricity, water, phone, internet and a TV licence, as well as food and general household items. One of the bonuses of being a student is that...Read More

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New tenancy regime will not affect existing leases

Posted on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Expected to commence in December 2017, the Scottish Government's new tenancy regime will replace the current system of assured/short assured tenancies in favour of Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs). The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has been lobbying Holyrood for clarity on the impact the incoming legislation will have on existing tenancies. In response, the government has confirmed that no existing tenancies will be affected and will continue to be governed by the...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can I pay a deposit to the tenancy deposit scheme in installments?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can I pay a deposit to the tenancy deposit scheme in installments?

Posted on Friday 28th of July 2017

Yes, you can pay the deposit to SafeDeposits in installments. While the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require deposits to be paid to a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy start date, they are silent on how installments taken during the tenancy should be paid. However, we recommend that landlords and letting agents transfer the first installment within 30 working days of the start of the tenancy, and all following installments as soon as...Read More

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Happy birthday, SafeDeposits!

Posted on Monday 24th of July 2017

This month we're celebrating five years since the launch of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland. The new requirement to protect tenancy deposits was introduced by the Scottish Government and we opened for business from our Glasgow city centre office on 2nd July 2012. Five years later, we're delighted to have become the country's leading tenancy deposit scheme, protecting almost 60% of the market, more than all the other schemes combined. We've recently reached a further...Read More