It is now an offence for private landlords in Scotland to let property without having applied to be registered. The local authority must be satisfied that any Landlord is a 'fit and proper person' to rent property, before registering them. Please see the Landlord Registration website for more details: www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk
Splendid Property Management is registered as an agent (agent registration number: 08533/230/20020) and our details should be used on the registration if we are to provide full management to the property.
Tenant Deposit Scheme
New legislation (scheduled to come into force from Spring/Summer 2012) will require all Landlords or their agents to transfer tenant deposits into a government backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). Splendid Property will deal with all the administration associated with the TDS and make the necessary money transfers. If there are any deposit disputes, the Scheme will look at the available evidence and make a ruling which both tenants and Landlords must adhere to.
Houses in Multiple Occupation or HMO
Under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 Order 2000, an HMO property is one which is occupied by three or more unrelated people. Any properties which fall within this category must have a licence from the local authority. HMO's which do not meet minimum standards will not receive a licence and it will be an offence to operate without one (with large fines being payable).
For all HMO renewals and upgrading works, we pass on all our flats to HMO Scotland, a company we have worked closely with for several years. They combine vast knowledge with fantastic customer service and competitive rates to ensure that the complex world of HMO renewals is negotiated easily.
For more information, please speak to the office. Alternatively, have a look at HMO Scotland's website.