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New dawn' for Scottish private renters

 

Major changes to the law have come into effect for Scotland's 760,000 private renters.

The private residential tenancy rules will bring an end to fixed-term rentals, meaning leases will effectively be open-ended.

 

Want to know more please click this link <li><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42179428" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42179428 </a></li>

 

Sex for Rent: TV programme exposes 'alternative payments' sleaze

 

A TV news programme has exposed how a sleazy male landlord - who presumably did not instruct a letting agent - instead tried to negotiate a “sex for rent” deal with an undercover female reporter posing as a potential tenant

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/sex-for-rent-tv-programmes-exposes-alternative-payments-sleaze

 

Londoners support mandatory licensing and searchable rogue landlord database

 

Mandatory licensing and being able to search a database for rogue landlords are the top improvements that tenants in London would like to see, new research has found.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/londoners-support-mandatory-licensing-searchable-rogue-landlord-database/

 

Unite trials no-deposit insurance scheme for students renting in HMOs

 

Student accommodation specialist Unite is launching a new service, called Conker, which aims to replace deposits with insurance schemes for students renting in HMOs.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/unite-trials-no-deposit-insurance-scheme-for-students-renting-in-hmos

 

What does London really think about the Government's plans to fix the 'broken' rental market?

 

Facing mounting pressure from campaign groups like Shelter, the Government have been exploring a number of new measures to improve the renting experience for tenants, both in the capital and on a national level.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/what-does-london-really-think-about-the-governments-plans-to-fix-the-broken-rental-market.html

 

What should landlords be aware of going into 2018?

 

The buy-to-let property market is currently experiencing a wave of reforms, with the government looking to alter the way in which the market operates

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/what-should-landlords-be-aware-of-going-into-2018

 

Home Office braced for legal challenges against Right to Rent scheme

  

Two legal bids have been mounted against the Government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, whereby agents have to check a prospective tenant’s immigration status.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; http://www.propertyindustryeye.com/home-office-braced-for-legal-challenge-against-right-to-rent-scheme/

 

 

Criminal letting agent spared jail after stealing over £7,600 from tenants

 

A letting agent has been spared jail despite stealing over £7,600 from tenants to subsidise his failing business.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/criminal-letting-agent-spared-jail-after-stealing-over-7-600-from-tenants?source=newsticker

 

Self-management or letting agent: landlords need to decide after fees ban

 

The draft Tenant Fees Bill will see letting fees for tenants being banned in the UK, but some expect the quality of service from agents to go down with their profits. Could landlords be better off self-managing their rentals?

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.buyassociation.co.uk/2018/01/23/self-managed-vs-letting-agent-landlords-decide-fees-ban/

 

Letting Agents fee ban to hit smaller Estate Agents

 

The ban will come into force next year 

 

Letting agents could soon be banned from charging tenant’s fees under new Government plans.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/letting-agents-fees-ban-uk-government-parliament-bill-vote-a8033841.html

 

Local authorities and letting agents questioned on private rented sector 

 

 The Communities and Local Government Committee hears from local authorities and letting agents as part of its inquiry in to the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

 

Proposed ban on letting fees

  

Want to know more? Copy this link; http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/news-parliament-2017/private-rented-sector-bill-17-19/

 

 

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland  

 

 The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money should be handled. It also makes it compulsory for businesses to have Client Money Protection and professional indemnity insurance.

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/its-today--letting-agents-code-of-practice-comes-into-effect-in-scotland?source=newsticker

 

Letting agent code of practice now in force in Scotland 

 

 A new code of practice for lettings agents has come into force in Scotland with the aim of improving standards and giving landlords and tenants more rights. 

 

Letting agents are now required to join a register and key individuals in agencies must meet a minimum level of training. Failure to meet the required standards can result in being struck off. 

 

Want to know more? Click this link; https://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/letting-agent-code-practice-now-force-scotland/

 

Should letting agencies in Edinburgh be treating student tenants better? 

 

 In our first flat, we didn’t have a dining table, so we were eating on the floor, sometimes seeing the odd mouse running past us”, Sam remembers. Their flatmate Alex adds that it was, however, the best flat they have lived in so far as students in Edinburgh. 

 

Want to know more? Click this link;

http://www.studentnewspaper.org/should-letting-agencies-in-edinburgh-be-treating-student-tenants-better/

 

New dawn' for Scottish private renters

 

Major changes to the law have come into effect for Scotland's 760,000 private renters.

 

The private residential tenancy rules will bring an end to fixed-term rentals, meaning leases will effectively be open-ended.

 

Want to know more click this link; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42179428

 

Scottish Association of Landlords releases private residential tenancy video

 

Want to know more click this link

http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/18049/scottish-association-of-landlords-releases-private-residential-tenancy-video/

 

Could a cheaper pre-tenancy process still benefit landlords and agents?

The move towards making the pre-tenancy process more affordable for renters, exemplified by the upcoming ban on letting agent fees, could benefit all parties involved in the rental transaction. 

Want to know more? Click this link; http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/could-a-cheaper-pre-tenancy-process-still-benefit-landlords-and-agents.html