Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

by Property 118

8:50 AM, 18th June 2019
About 12 months ago

Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

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Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

Responding to a report published today by Shelter which calls for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said: “Shelter fails to recognise key differences between England and Scotland.

“The only reason the Scottish model has worked is because a properly funded and staffed housing court was established to cope with the dramatic increase in repossession cases needing to be heard.

“Across England and Wales it takes an average of over five months for landlords to repossess properties through the courts. This is not good enough.

“We call on Shelter to back the RLA’s plans for a dedicated housing court that can process repossession claims in legitimate circumstances without frustrating landlords. Simply tinkering with the existing courts will not work.”

David Smith continued: “It is also disappointing that in arguing that changes in Scotland have affected the supply of homes for rent, Shelter has used figures from before the changes were introduced.

“As the latest data from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors notes clearly, whilst the demand for new homes to rent has increased considerably in Scotland, new landlord instructions have fallen, providing less choice for tenants.”


loretta wight

10:16 AM, 22nd June 2019
About 11 months ago

The tribunal system had not been tested. The snp want to control everything and is bias towards the tenant. The problem is that s21 allowed no disclosure of reason for leaving and quicker especially for bad tenant s. Now you have to state why you are evicting which means that the council doesn't have to house bad tenant s. Ie they are making themselves intentionally homeless. Also the demand for the tribunal can take at least 6 months, after going through all procedures even longer. Pity help the neighbours. Most landlords don't want rid of good tenants. It favours bad ones and snp.

Annie Landlord

9:44 AM, 24th June 2019
About 11 months ago

Scotland's homeless figures are increasing, following apparently several years when they were going down. Is there any link between homelessness and Scotland's changes to PRS tenancies?

loretta wight

17:34 PM, 24th June 2019
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 24/06/2019 - 09:44
Maybe time will tell, you are more wary and the
bedroom tax still applies here in the private sector.
It is a carry on to get it at all in private sector. It is limited to first come first served, by the council. They are all different, most don't fund full amount and in some areas you have to apply ever 3 months. It is supposed to be time limited. Add to this all the other conditions, I expect the anti landlord attitude will see a lot of us selling. Not worth the hassle.

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