2 Jul

Tenants given historic protection

Tenants given historic protection

Tenants in Scotland are now facing historic protection on their deposit when they move into a rented home, thanks to new rules from the Scottish government.

Housing minister Keith Brown said that all tenants and landlords in Scotland will now be obligated to join the Deposit Protection Scheme, which will see them put their money into a central bank, and will help with any dispute over the return of a deposit.

Mr Brown said that it will be of benefit to both parties because it allows free advice and dispute resolution to all tenants who have a need to question their landlord's decision.

Mr Brown said: "The Scottish Government has estimated that between 8,000 and 11,000 tenants annually have £3.6 million of their deposits wrongly withheld.

"These new regulations are historic because they offer, for the first time, a fair, cost effective approach that safeguards tenancy deposits."

It was recently revealed that there has now been a shift in the UK market towards longer tenancies as opposed to the standard six months.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801398827-ADNFCR

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