Pre-action requirements and seeking repossession of private rented housing on rent arrears grounds
New measures to support landlords working with tenants that are struggling to pay their rent came into force on 30 September 2020. These measures are part of the Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.
Landlords who have issued a notice to a tenant to leave on or after 7th April 2020 and then made an application to repossess the property due to rent arrears to the First-tier Tribunal in part or in full after 26th May 2020 will need to show the Tribunal how they have complied with the pre-action requirements.
New guidance from the Scottish Government on the steps landlords should take for eviction action on rent arrears grounds, including template letters, is now available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-private-landlords-on-seeking-repossession-of-private-rented-housing-on-rent-arrears-grounds/pages/summary
A page that provides a range of advice and financial support for private rented sector tenants has been developed by the Scottish Government and their partners: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-private-tenants
If you have any queries, please email PRSTenancies@gov.scot
FAQS - Advice for private landlords and letting agents
The Scottish Government has compiled a list of FAQs in partnership with Scottish Association of Landlords, Council of Letting Agents and Propertymark in relation to advice for private landlords and letting agents.
You can access the information via the Scottish Government’s website
PRS Landlord (non-business) Covid-19 Loan Scheme
The Scottish Government PRS Landlord (non-business) Covid-19 Loan Scheme is now available for applications https://news.gov.scot/news/aid-for-private-rental-landlords. This is a short-term emergency interest free loan, available to landlords who have 5 or less rental properties and will fund lost rental income from a single property. Landlords should still, of course, engage with their tenants as detailed in the guidance https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-landlord-and-letting-agent-faqs/.
Further information on the loan, including the application form, can be found here: https://covidlandlordloan.est.org.uk/
Enquiries can be sent to the Scottish Government at PRSLandlordCovid-19Loan@gov.scot
Information for Tenants
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, has written to every PRS tenant in Scotland, offering empathy and support during the pandemic. Accompanying his letter is a print version of the Private Rented Sector Tenant resource, a comprehensive guide to support and assistance beyond housing and financial help. The full version of the resource can be found at the following link: https: //www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-private-tenants/
Last updated: Monday, October 19, 2020 9:56 AM