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Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP/Scottish Housing Bill

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Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP/Scottish Housing Bill

Yesterday, Nick and I had the pleasure of attending the Scottish National Landlord Day in Edinburgh where all talk was of the Scottish Housing Bill and regulation of the Scottish rental sector.

Nick and I attend many industry events, but this one impressed us hugely with the professional approach, organisation, level of support and attendance and quality of the speakers. The event was hosted by the Scottish Association of Landlords, and is one of the largest gatherings of landlords in the U.K.

I took the chance to catch up with one of the speakers, Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess, MSP to hear her views on the health of the Scottish private rented sector and the upcoming Housing (Scotland) Bill that will regulate the Scottish lettings industry:





Property Tribes would like to thank the Scottish Association of Landlords for their warm hospitality and their kind permission to use footage from the event, which was filmed on location at Dynamic Earth.

Watch a short video highlights package of Scottish National Landlord Day >>> here.
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RE: Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP

"good landlords have nothing to fear from regulation" except increased cost implications and more court appearances/fines. The requirement to use a Letting Agent to avoid such implications and litigation for smaller property investors - whom are unregulated themselves and not a very quality industry.

It sounds ridiculous to translate that "Landlords have nothing to fear about us introducing new laws that are designed to slap their hands with fines and imprisonment, unless they are well versed in reading Acts of Parliament and any subsequent court presidents and act accordingly."

Its good hearing Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess (MSP) saying on that Letting is strong in Scotland. It seems she is not one of those ministers that think everyone should be home owners. "its growing, its healthy, but it has to grow more".
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RE: Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP

Preliminary details of the Housing (Scotland) Bill have been released >>> here.
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RE: Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP/Scottish Housing Bill

The Law Society of Scotland is urging members of the Scottish Parliament to rethink proposals to regulate letting agents, claiming the current recommendations will create “an unnecessary dual regulatory regime”.

The Housing (Scotland) Bill creates a register of letting agents and grants ministers the power to issue a code of practice. The proposals also provide Scottish ministers with the power to remove a registered letting agent from the register if they are satisfied that the person is no longer a fit and proper person to carry out letting agency work.

But the Law Society considers it unnecessary to apply this regulation to solicitors who act as lettings agents - as many do north of the border - because the solicitors in question already operates to their own rules covering professional ethics and conduct.

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RE: Interview with Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, MSP/Scottish Housing Bill

Further developments in the Scottish private rented sector:

The introduction of longer notice periods for landlords and tenants is being proposed in a Scottish Government consultation. (Mentioned in the interview above).

The notice to quit would be linked to how long the tenant has lived in the property, under the plans to reform the private rental sector.

The New Tenancy for the Private Sector consultation, launched on Monday, suggests landlords must offer a minimum tenancy of six months.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: "If tenants have more security in their tenure, they may feel more confident in asserting their rights and flagging any concerns about their rented property without fear of eviction.

"In addition to this, if tenants know they can only be asked to leave their home on certain specified grounds they will have a greater feeling of security.

"But, equally, a new tenancy system provides an opportunity to improve the private rented sector for landlords.

She added: "Housing is a priority for this government, which is why we are consulting on these proposals to make sure our private rented sector is as strong as it can be.

"By creating a new and simplified system we will have better property management while tenants and landlords will be provided with more clarity and understanding of what the tenancy agreement means for them."

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