Holyrood issues Private Tenancies Bill briefing note
Issued prior to the Bill’s Stage 3 proceedings, which are scheduled to take place on March 17, the briefing is designed to provide a summary of the main issues associated with the legislation during its passage through the Scottish Parliament so far and the amendments made at Stage 2.
In its Stage 1 report, the infrastructure and capital investment committee supported the general principles of the Bill but requested that the Scottish Government give further consideration to a number of areas.
A total of 198 amendments were lodged at Stage 2 which have been summarised in the briefing:
Minister for housing and welfare, Margaret Burgess, has committed to reconsider a number of areas prior to Stage 3 including what happens to a tenancy if the tenant dies and the timescales for ministers to lay draft regulations to designate a rent pressure zone or to lay a document to explain why this was not done.
The minister will also reconsider changes to one of the proposed statutory tenancy terms that would limit a tenant’s requirement to notify the landlord about a person residing in the property to only if it was that person’s only or principal home.