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Private Tenancies Bill tough on anti-social behaviour

Published: 3 Nov 2015 16:10
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Housing Minister speaks on Landlords Day.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess today reaffirmed that anti-social behaviour is grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill.

During a Q&A with Scottish landlords to mark National Landlords Day, Margaret Burgess said the Private Tenancies Bill will enable landlords to manage their property and deal with anti-social behaviour.

Mrs Burgess said:

"Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable, which is why this Bill outlines clearly that it is grounds for eviction.

"Landlords will still be able to manage their property and, in the worst cases, can seek to evict tenants on these grounds just as they do now. In addition, if a tenant refuses to leave, the eviction case will then go to the Housing Tribunal – a new form of redress that landlords have long called for and supported. This will be a fair, efficient and accessible process for both landlords and tenants.

"Ending the ability for arbitrary eviction is the right thing to do, and is something any reasonable landlord should support. I would stress that there is nothing for landlords to fear with this bill."

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill will protect 700,000 people from the prospect of unforeseen and unfair eviction and unpredictability over rent increases, as well as ensuring the sector is attractive to investors, with better management and regulation.

The bill forms a key part of the Scottish Government strategy to grow and improve the private rented sector.

Notes to editors

The introduction of the bill follows two full public consultations, which were undertaken as part of this process and received around 10,000 responses.

If a tenant refuses to leave a property the landlord can apply to the tribunal and provide evidence to support their case.

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