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Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect my tenant's deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme?

Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect my tenant's deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme?

Posted on Friday 26th of May 2017

Why should I protect my tenant's deposit? If you're a landlord in Scotland and take a deposit from your tenant, you must: Transfer the deposit to a government approved tenancy deposit scheme; Provide the tenant with particular key information. The deposit must be transferred, and the key information provided to all tenants on the tenancy agreement, within 30 working days of the tenancy start date. This is required under the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations...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

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: How do I get my deposit back?

Ask SafeDeposits: How do I get my deposit back?

Posted on Thursday 17th of August 2017

If your deposit is held by SafeDeposits, you need to follow the repayment steps below to claim your deposit back. Your deposit will not be repaid automatically. If you would prefer to watch a video, the repayment steps are also explained on our YouTube channel. Before you begin We sent you a welcome email or letter when your deposit was first transferred to us, which confirms: The deposit account number (DAN) for your deposit You share this reference with your landlord, letting...Read More

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Using a letting agent

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

DJ Alexander is the largest agency in Central Scotland. Here, its Associate Director Rob Trotter guides you through how agents can save you money and significantly reduce the burden that leasing often brings. Every landlord needs a tenant, so having the backing of an agency that can attract high quality tenants is invaluable for any rental venture. When selecting an agent to work with, landlords should look for an organisation that has a strong reputation in the market. A good agent will...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect a deposit if my tenant is family?

Posted on Friday 15th of September 2017

The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 covers tenancies which the landlord registration provisions in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 apply. This means if a landlord is required to register with the local authority, and takes a deposit from their tenant, that landlord must also protect the deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme. This includes landlords of assured and short assured tenancies, university accommodation, as well as various other types of...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can I use the deposit for rent arrears?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can I use the deposit for rent arrears?

Posted on Thursday 5th of October 2017

Yes, you can deduct any unpaid rent from your tenant's deposit, as long as this is specified in the tenancy agreement. If you want to claim for rent arrears and the tenant disagrees and refers the repayment to a scheme's adjudication service, the adjudicator will consider the following: What is the claim for? For example, rent arrears, cleaning, etc. What are the tenant's obligations in the tenancy agreement? The deposit clause in the tenancy agreement must specify...Read More