As you may be aware the Scottish schools are finishing for this academic year and what an oddly strange year it has been for everyone!!!
Scotland maybe out of the Euros losing to a side that was in the last World Cup final with a team with a history of winning big European leagues. The Scotland Team did a fantastic job getting to the Euros for the first time in a long time.
My friend who stays in England said that he enjoyed the Scottish fans down for the game last weekend, breathing life into the city again, singing in the street and playing football in the park in the wee small hours because Scottish fans are the best fans. (this may not be fact and I have no evidence to support this statement aside from bands I have seen pre covid telling me that during a gig.)😊
There will be disappointment the team is out of the Euros, but as the Monty Python boys say….
Following on with the uplifting chat(!)
Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) Bill 2021 published
Due to the on-going threat that Covid poses to public health in Scotland, the Deputy First Minister announced in the Scottish Parliament on 9 June that the government intended to bring forward legislation to carry forward some provisions of its Coronavirus Acts beyond the current expiry date of 30 September.
Draft legislation has now been published for this purpose.
The Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) Bill amends the expiry date of the Scottish Coronavirus Acts to 31 March 2022, a six-months extension. It will also enable the Acts to be extended again, should this be needed to respond further to the pandemic, to 30 September 2022. For the rented sector, that means a continuance of all current emergency provisions – extended notice periods, Tribunal discretion and private landlord pre-action protocols – until at least 31 March 2022.
That Bill has now been published and can be seen online here.
The bill will be debated and is expected to be approved by MSPs this week before parliament goes into recess on Friday. The Scottish Association of Landlords are disappointed that the current provisions have been extended to continue to delay landlords evicting tenants without any recognition of the good work that has been done between landlords and tenants to avoid eviction action even being considered.
John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords, said: “We are urging the Scottish Government to recognise the excellent and supportive work done by landlords over the past 15 months and to look at the facts of the current situation which show a 53% reduction in eviction applications in the private rented sector. Landlords are clear that it is in their best interests to be as flexible as possible in order to sustain tenancies and avoid eviction action being taken. From our analysis of rent arrears eviction cases, it is evident that the existing eviction rules requiring landlords to give 6 months’ notice have sadly made matters worse for tenants who have accumulated rent arrears that they will struggle to pay off in the future. ”
As soon as we have more information about how this affects you as landlords we will update you, but as it stands it seems the current situation with notices being discretionary and rent increased not enforceable will be in place until at least March 2022 with the next review at that time.
As I mentioned at the start of this email it is the summer holidays, which in my household means long lies, camping, kayaking, long walks, BBQs and exploring Scotland. I am a realist though and remember the wise words the Beatles said “But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”
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