Rural Law

The Scottish Government’s Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Rented Sector in Scotland closed on 10 May 2015. The second consultation took on board (some of) the responses to the first and came back with updated proposals for further thoughts.

Picture of a farm houseBy comparison with the first consultation:

  • the removal of the no fault ground for repossession seems likely to be here to stay, despite significant concerns from a number of different groups
  • the idea of introducing rent controls has been scaled back, now only to be considered in designated “rent pressure areas”
  • some additional grounds for landlords to recover possession have been included
  • notice periods for landlords and tenants have been streamlined to being one of two periods, depending on if the tenancy has lasted more or less than 6 months

More on this topic to follow once the results of the second consultation are out but in the meantime you can read Brodies’ detailed update on the terms of the second consultation here.

Fiona Scott