Private Renting in Scotland – Navigating the New Regulatory Framework

The Private Rented Sector is undergoing significant regulatory change, this briefing will consider the latest developments and good practice.

The context

Major changes are coming to the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland, affecting the rights of 760,000 people who call the sector home.

From December 2017, the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act takes effect bringing in a new 'private residential tenancy', aimed at improving the rights of tenant, landlords, lenders and investors.

The legislation will expand the dispute tribunal system, enable councils to apply for yearly rent rises to be capped for existing tenants in areas, and from 31 January 2018 letting agents must comply with a new code of practice.

Attend this timely Holyrood briefing to receive an update on the PRS landscape, policy and good practice.

Key learning objectives

  • Get updated on the latest changes, policy and developments affecting the private sector
  • Consider the implementation and enforcement of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act
  • Gain insights into good practice and innovative approaches improving the private rented sector 

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

10:05 Session 1: Update on Private Rented Sector in Scotland Developments

  • Overview of the latest legislative changes and issues affecting the PRS
  • Implementing and enforcing the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 
  • The new Private Residential Tenancy, understanding rights of landlords and tenants
  • Bringing enhanced security for tenants and safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:55 Session 2: Navigating the New Regulatory Framework

  • Resolving disputes under the new arrangement in Housing and Property Chamber
  • The new Statutory Letting Agent Code of Practice - duties and responsibilities
  • Improving standards across the private rented sector and strengthen landlord registration enforcement

12:35 Questions and Discussion

12:55 Networking Lunch

13:35 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

A series of inputs from across sectors will share insights into innovative good private renting practice.

13:35 Case Study A

13:55 Case Study B

14:15 Case Study C

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue 

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
1 February 2018

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