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Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 - Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise - 1 March 2017

Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 - Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise - 1 March 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ISBN: 9781786528520

Consultation seeking views on regulations and policy supporting the new private residential tenancy

Executive Summary

This consultation sought views on secondary legislation and policy that will support the new private residential tenancy when it is introduced, expected to be December 2017.

It provided 6 proposed prescribed notices that will be used in relation to the new private residential tenancy as well as the Scottish Government’s Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement (MTA) and sought views on the content of each. The majority of respondents felt that all the prescribed notices and the MTA were fit for purpose. The majority of respondents also felt that the MTA was easily understood as were all but one of the prescribed notices. The feedback received will help the Scottish Government to develop and improve the content of the 6 prescribed notices and the MTA so they can be more easily understood and wholly fit for purpose.

Views were also sought on serving documents electronically when both a landlord and tenant agreed and the statutory terms that should be applied to all private residential tenancies. A clear majority of respondents thought there should be an option to serve documents electronically. For the statutory terms that should apply several were already covered in the MTA.