Falkirk Council hosts virtual private sector landlord event

Falkirk Council delivered a virtual event for private landlords and agents last month to promote good practice within the private sector in the council area.

The event on October 29 consisted of three 30-minute presentations, each followed by question and answer sessions.

The council’s private sector team delivers landlord and letting agency forums on a six-monthly basis, although the planned event for May was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The three presentations were:

Current Eviction Process

Providing information on:

  • Tenancy notice periods

  • Changes in legislation as a result of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

  • Information on pre-actions required through the Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) Scotland Regulations 2020

Property Condition

Providing information on:

  • The Repairing Standard

  • The Tolerable Standard

  • Referrals to the First Tier Housing and Property Chambers

  • Electrical and gas safety

  • Energy performance

Update on the work of the Team

Providing information on:

  • Number of enquiries received between April 2020 and September 2020

  • Role of the team

  • Details of enforcement actions taken

  • Information on the “fit and proper” person test

  • Information on requirements for prescribed information from landlord

Participant comments from the day included:

“The private sector team do a fantastic job and are always very supportive and full of guidance and advice”

“You do a great job engaging with us and encouraging us to do the best thing “

“It is a big thing to be able to give someone a home”

“Really good event folks”

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