Private sector landlords should be aware that the Housing (Scotland) Bill was passed by Scottish Ministers on 25th June. This will bring in new regulation such the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms and 5 yearly electrical testing in privately rented properties.
Passing of the Housing (Scotland) Bill
The Housing (Scotland) Bill was passed by Scottish Ministers on 25th June 2014. The Bill introduces a number of changes which landlords in the private rented sector should be aware of.
- New safety requirements have been introduced for landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors and carry out electrical testing at least once every five years.
- Housing disputes will be decided at a new First-tier Tribunal rather than the Sheriff Court. This should make dispute resolution quicker, cheaper and more specialised.
- Local Authorities will gain third party rights to refer a landlord to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they believe a property fails to meet the repairing standard.
- Letting agents will be more heavily regulated in order to ensure both landlords and tenants receive a professional service. This includes new letting agent registration obligations which will operate in a similar fashion to the existing landlord registration requirements.
Link to Bill as passed: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Housing%20(Scotland)%20Bill/b41bs4-aspassed.pdf