Important Update for Private Sector Landlords

We recently sent an online survey to registered landlords about working together with us to provide housing for people with unmet housing needs and improve tenancy sustainment in the private sector.  

This survey was conducted in partnership with the national homelessness charity Crisis, and Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils.

We were delighted to receive a fantastic response from landlords across all three areas. 1725 landlords completed the survey, many leaving useful comments and suggestions, and over half expressing an interest in hearing more about this area of work in future.

The survey has helped us understand landlords’ opinions and needs for working together in future and as part of our rapid rehousing work, we have followed up on the findings.

We’ve heard loud and clear that landlords would like more support from us when they house one of our clients in urgent housing need, and would especially value a single point of contact. They told us they want to work together on benefit issues, and when a tenancy runs into problems.  They also told us that support for tenants themselves is key, where that is needed.

Following the feedback, we have recruited two new Private Sector Officers who will be a first point of contact for landlords in Angus. The Private Sector Officers will:

  • Provide expert and comprehensive advice to private landlords and tenants in order to sustain tenancies and prevent homelessness
  • Support households to search, apply, view and move into private rented housing, including assistance with raising a deposit, furniture and budgeting for rent payments
  • Carry out ‘settling in’ visits and provide advice or support for any emerging issues
  • Remain the first point of contact for the tenant and landlord, minimising the potential for tenancy breakdown and referring for additional support when required

Benefits for Landlords

  • We can offer advice and support to you and your tenants as soon as issues are identified that may lead to the threat of eviction or homelessness
  • We can offer a free tenant finder service to avoid properties sitting empty and reduce rent loss – we will assess tenants financial and support needs to check they are capable of affording and sustaining a tenancy.
  • We can support the tenant to access a rent deposit and can offer ongoing support, advice and assistance to resolve any issues that may arise.
  • We can help you access other services to help improve your property, e.g. support to access energy efficiency measures

If you would like to find out how we can support you and your tenants please contact: PRSenquiries@angus.gov.uk

What is the latest update on evictions?

On 17 May 2021, most of Scotland entered into Level 2 restrictions which meant the eviction ban which existed in Levels 3 and 4 areas was lifted and evictions can now be enforced on all social rented and private rented sector tenancies.

Before a landlord can start legal proceedings to evict, they must give the tenant notice and follow the correct procedures for eviction in accordance with the type of tenancy held by the tenant.

Amendments to The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 with the move into Level 2 within Scotland impacts on this process as follows:

  • A Valid Notice to Leave or Notice to Quit expires (the notice period depends on the eviction ground).
  • Within 6 months of expiration of the Notice to Leave or Notice to Quit the landlord can apply to the First Tier Tribunal for eviction.
  • All eviction grounds are discretionary until 30 September 2021 therefore the First Tier Tribunal must consider if eviction is reasonable even if the ground exists.
  • If an eviction order is granted, the tenant could be assessed as threatened with homelessness but would be advised not to leave until an alternative has been accommodation secured or an eviction order is enforced. It will typically take around 8 weeks for the decision of the First Tier Tribunal to be received by the landlord after the hearing.
  • Once the decision is received and if the local authority is in Levels 1 or 2 the eviction order can be enforced and the landlord can take steps to enforce the eviction (this requirement is reviewed by the Scottish Government every 21 days and expected to remain in place until 30 September 2021).

For further information and support please contact: PRSenquiries@angus.gov.uk

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