Private Tenancies Bill passed

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, a new law that will modernise the private rented section, has been passed by Scottish Parliament. The purpose of the new bill is to create simpler tenancies, offer stability and security to the tenants, and ensure predictability over rent increases. The Act will commence in stages starting later this year. The new regime will therefore not come into force until late 2017 at the earliest.

This new tenancy represents a significant change in private renting.

Key measures contained in the bill include:

  • Improved security for tenants, which means they cannot be asked to leave their home simply because the tenancy agreement has reached its end date
  • Comprehensive and robust repossession grounds which will enable a landlord to regain possession of their property in reasonable circumstances
  • The opportunity for local authorities to implement rent caps in areas where there are excessive rent increases
  • Moves to a more streamlined system with no confusing pre-tenancy notices and easier-to-understand model tenancy agreement.

John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords, said:

“We are pleased that the long process of considering and passing this bill has been completed. Landlords and letting agents can now look forward to continuing to promote the importance of the private rented sector in providing high quality housing across the country.”

At Northwood, we will guide you through these changes and we will write to you again.