Consultation opens on regulation and policy proposals to support PRS legislation

PRS housing stockThe Scottish Government has launched a consultation into secondary legislation and further policy to support a new private residential tenancy in Scotland.

Introduced in March as part of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, the new tenancy will replace current assured and short assured tenancies. According to the government, the legislation will improve security of tenure for tenants balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.

The consultation seeks views on the secondary legislation and further policy to support the new tenancy, which includes the following:

  • the content of all of the prescribed notices to be used by tenants and landlords under the new tenancy;
  • the content of the Scottish Government’s Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement;
  • should there be an option of serving documents electronically, if a tenant and landlord agree this as the preferred method of communications?; and
  • which terms should be ‘statutory terms’ (applicable to all private residential tenancies).
  • The new tenancy is expected to come into force in December 2017. The policy proposals outlined above are complimentary to the provisions in the 2016 Act, which have already been passed by the Scottish Parliament and will not change as a result of the consultation.

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