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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

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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

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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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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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

Comment on Landlord and agent Q&A

Landlord and agent Q&A

Posted on Wednesday 16th of August 2017

SafeDeposits Scotland's operations manager Victoria Nixon answers some of the thornier questions posed to the team by landlords and letting agents. Q: What should I do if one half of a joint tenancy moves out but refuses to respond to the tenant changeover request? A: The tenant changeover function has been intentionally designed to help in case of this situation: if the tenant fails to respond to the request, it will 'time out' after 15 working days. This means you can...Read More