For all those residing in Glasgow, I am sure it was welcomed news to be in level 2 from midnight tomorrow! I know there are many countries that are still in a lockdown situation who have my thoughts as we have been in the situation for so long.
For me, and I am sure many of you it is a sense of relief that we have more movement and can see families in other councils again.
Hopefully the drop in cases continues and we can adjust to the new world.
Easing of coronavirus restrictions
As of Monday 17 May most of Scotland moved to level 2 Covid-19 restrictions. There are some exceptions and a list of the restrictions each local authority area is subject to can be found here.
For landlords/letting agents the only change that the move from level 3 to level 2 brings is the resumption of the enforcement of eviction orders issued by the First-tier Tribunal. All other landlord/letting agent activities are permitted in levels 3 and below. The changes to evictions introduced at the start of the pandemic making all evictions discretionary and in most cases requiring landlords to give tenants six months’ notice are in force until 30 September 2021.
Tenancy worth £1.55 million a year
No, this is not a typo! A London property lets for £1.55m a year in what is believed to be a record rental deal.
This new build townhouse mansion in Mayfair, called Culross House, has been rented by a 24 year old who paid £3.1m upfront to secure the tenancy.
The tenant is said to be a Chinese heiress from a billionaire family who derives their wealth from property, fashion and IT.
The 8,051 square feet house consists of five bedroom suites, a private gym, swimming pool and a rear garden. It also features a spa complex and home cinema room.
Culross House is designed to be a celebration of the “Best of British” classic design, with key rooms inspired by famous five-star hotels and VIP venues from around the world. It is valued at an astonishing £32m.
Eye-watering £4,246 per night
The rental amount for this luxury home works out at £4,246 per night or £130,000 per month.
The property will be used by the heiress as a London pieds-à-terre for her visits to the city with her boyfriend, housekeeper/cook and personal security team.
Kam Babaee, Founder of K10 Group who constructed the property, said: “This rental deal is the largest ever paid to rent a new home in Mayfair and is also the largest upfront payment ever made to let a London home.
“When compared to the daily cost of renting a five star hotel suite in Knightsbridge or Mayfair, Culross House provides outstanding value-for-money and far more space and private facilities.”
She added: “The deal underlines the buoyancy of the super-prime lettings market in London at present.”
Smooth link Alert(!)
Another smooth link(!) and reminder that the property laws in Scotland and England differ and the Scottish Private rented tenancy agreement is unique to Scotland
Solicitors TC Young have sent information with regards to the new restrictions, although we have not received our official guidance from the Scottish Association of landlords, the government guidance can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-landlord-and-letting-agent-faqs/.
Since December 2020, the enforcement of eviction orders has been prohibited unless the order is based on the tenant’s antisocial behaviour or criminal activity. The ban applies in all areas which are within Tier 3 and Tier 4 of the Scottish “lockdown” levels.
The First Minister recently confirmed that the majority of mainland Scotland will move to Tier 2 on 17 May 2021, with some island communities moving to Tier 1. As such, the ban on enforcement of eviction orders will be lifted from 17 May 2021.
What does this mean?
Landlords with Decrees or tribunal orders for eviction on grounds such as rent arrears or condition of property can now enforce these Decrees.
The eviction ban did not prevent decrees or orders for evictions being granted. Many landlords in both the public and private sectors have obtained decrees over the last few months. but have been prevented from enforcing them. In rent arrears cases in the public sector, the period the eviction ban has been in place will be ignored when calculating the maximum period for enforcing the eviction Decree.
Sheriff Officers will be able to enforce decrees. Prior to doing so, they must serve a Charge for Removing. This formal notification gives tenant’s 14 days’ notice before an eviction can take place. Actual evictions will therefore not take place before early June
Notice Periods prior to action
Until 30 September 2021, the current amendments to the required notice periods will remain in place. Landlords must continue to give their tenants a period of six months’ notice before raising legal proceedings in many cases. The notice period may be shorter in certain circumstances, such as anti-social behaviour or a criminal conviction in the property.
After the beautiful sunshine we have had for the past few days typical Glasgow weather brings rain today. Perhaps we have had our summer 4 days of sunshine?
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