Plans to give tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) more security of tenure are to be discussed in a new consultation launched today by the Scottish government’s Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess
Landlords will have to offer a minimum tenancy of six months and the “notice to quit” will be linked to how long the tenant has lived in a property
The New Tenancy for the Private Sector consultation will also aim to:
⁃ Modernise the reasons a landlord can use to get back possession of their property.
⁃ Introduce longer notice periods for landlords and tenants
⁃ Enable tenants to stay in their home at the end of their lease unless one of the reasons above occur
Margaret Burgess said: “If tenants have more security in their tenure, they may feel more confident in asserting their rights and flagging any concerns about their rented property without fear of eviction.
“In addition to this if tenants know they can only be asked to leave their home on certain specified grounds they will have a greater feeling of security.
“But equally a new tenancy system provides an opportunity to improve the private rented sector for landlords. We can tackle some of the long-standing issues they face, like problems around recovering the possession of their property and rent arrears. These changes could give landlords more reassurance in the system.
“Housing is a priority for this government which is why we are consulting on these proposals to make sure our private rented sector is a strong as it can be.
“Our vision is for Scotland’s PRS to be an attractive and affordable housing option for anyone who wishes to live in it.”
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