The housing standards are regulations in Scotland are without a doubt the best in the UK, whether it be the solicitor and buying process, letting agents, Building Management/Factors or for landlords.
It has been mandatory for Scottish private landlords to register with their local authority since 2004, however, the range of required information landlords must provide is limited. Therefore, following a consultation, the government is planning on introducing new changes to the registration process, with a view to improving standards in the Scottish private rented sector.
Is there anything I should have to take action on? No! This is only for new or renewal applications for Landlord Registrations as from 16th September 2019
What is different for new applications? There is a few additional questions and compliance questions but nothing to be concerned about. For example:
- Declaration about compliance
On September 16th (subject to the Parliamentary process), come into force, meaning that landlords who apply for a new landlord registration, or renew the current one, will be required to declare they comply with specific legal duties. In particular, they will have to confirm their property meets:
- The Tolerable Standard
- The Repairing Standard
- The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and
- If there is a private water supply, the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.
- Safety and marketing information
Private landlords will also be required to confirm that tenants have been provided with a copy of the EPC, Gas Safe record and the Electrical Inspection Condition Report and, if the property had been advertised, that the ad carried the landlord registration number and EPC rating.
- Additional information
In addition to this, landlords will have to declare that there is:
- Buildings insurance on the property as per the requirements of the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (if the property is within a tenement)
- HMO license (if it is an HMO property)
- Legionella risk assessment
- Lodgement of deposits with an approved scheme (if the property falls under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011).
It is yet to be seen how local authorities will scrutinise and validate the information provided by landlords. It may be that landlords will be asked to submit evidence of compliance as part of a sample check of applications.
What Do I Need To Do?
Nothing!, apart from the application process as we help and provide all the information to landlords prior to completion of the property purchase e.g.
- Landlord Registration
- Introduction to the Property Factor
- Buildings Insurance if no Factor
- Council Tax Exemption
- Introduction to the Letting Agent – they will provide information on Tenancy Deposit if applicable.
The Letting Agent will provide and help with the compliance
The above processes, the quality and standards that refurbishments are done that always include the required compliance certifications e.g.
- Heat, Smoke and C02 alarms
- EPC- Energy Performance Certificate
In summary, everything that Alliance Property Group do as part of our service ensures all of the above requirements are met before during and after the property purchase.