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Comment on Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

Posted on Friday 19th of May 2017

As the end of term approaches and a summer of travelling or work awaits, it's easy for students to forget about reclaiming deposits from rented accommodation, but our research has shown that students at some universities are more forgetful than others. Currently, 188 tenancy deposits remain unclaimed by students from Scottish colleges and universities - that's almost £62,000! We carried out the research by identifying all tenants who have a university email account...Read More

Comment on Countdown to code of practice legislation changes

Countdown to code of practice legislation changes

Posted on Tuesday 18th of July 2017

With the new Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations coming into force on 31 January 2018, ARLA Propertymark has warned agents to be ready. The Code of Practice that all letting agents must comply with is designed to ensure uniformity in quality service across the industry. It will cover standards of practice, handling of tenants' and landlords' money, and professional indemnity agreements. Part of a wider raft of regulations agents will have to abide by, it will also...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: should I use video to record the condition of the property in the inventory?

Ask SafeDeposits: should I use video to record the condition of the property in the inventory?

Posted on Thursday 20th of July 2017

More landlords and agents are taking photographs and videos to record the condition of the property at the beginning and end of the tenancy. Unfortunately the results are not always as clear and useful as they might be. The most important thing to remember is that photographs and videos can support a written inventory and check-out report but they can rarely replace the written word. For example, they can't portray smell and are often insufficiently detailed to show cleaning issues...Read More

Comment on Happy birthday, SafeDeposits!

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

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: I paid my son's deposit - how do I get the money back?

Ask SafeDeposits: I paid my son's deposit - how do I get the money back?

Posted on Tuesday 10th of October 2017

We know that parents will often pay a tenancy deposit for their son or daughter, most commonly if their child has moved for college or university and needs hundreds of pounds for their student flat. In fact, it's not unusual for the deposit for a student flat to be paid entirely by the parents of the different students living there. However, as the students are the people living in the property, they are listed on the tenancy agreement and are legally responsible for following the...Read More