Scottish Land & Estates, whose membership is the largest provider of private affordable rental accommodation in rural areas, has marked National Landlord Day by appealing to the Scottish Government to pay heed to concerns over its Tenancy Regime Consultation.
The Tenancy Regime Consultation has received widespread support from all sides as it aims to simplify and modernise a tenancy regime which dates back to 1988 and has been continually adjusted over the years. However, Scottish Land & Estates has made clear that there are issues with the consultation that need to be addressed.
Sarah Jane Laing, Director of Policy for Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Scottish Land & Estates welcomes the retirement of a confusing paper-heavy system which landlords, agents and tenants often struggle to comprehend.
“Disappointingly, however, the consultation does not propose a mechanism for landlords to end leases at the completion of the agreed tenancy period, the so called “no fault” ground. The decision to remove this ground goes against the recommendations of the Review Group specifically established by the Scottish Government and tasked with guiding them in the creation of the consultation.
“The consultation paper states that the Review Group was silent on the issue when in fact the final report from the Group clearly stated that there should be a clear route for landlord re-possession, where the tenant was found to be in breach of the new private tenancy, or following expiry of the agreed tenancy term.
“We are concerned that the Minister for Housing and Welfare was apparently unaware that the recommendation was made by the Review Group. When asked at yesterday’s Scottish Association of Landlords’ conference why there was a disparity between the review and the consultation, the Minister for Housing and Welfare suggested that such a disparity did not exist. We fully accept the Minister’s right not to take on board recommendations from the group but are extremely concerned at the apparent misrepresentation of the Group’s proposals.”
A survey recently undertaken by the Scottish Association of Landlords showed 54% of landlords would be less likely to invest in more rental properties, with 29% of landlords surveyed suggesting they would withdraw from the sector altogether if the “no fault” ground was excluded from the new tenancy. This puts yet more pressure on a market already struggling with lack of supply.