Monday, 29 March 2021

Covid 19 Landlords update Scotland March 2021

March 2021 update

The Tenant Hardship Loan Fund and the Private Rent Sector Landlord (non-business) COVID-19 Loan Scheme, both of which offer interest-free loans, will continue to receive applications beyond the original deadline of 31 March 2021.

Applications for the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund and the Private Rent Sector Landlord (non-business) COVID-19 Loan Scheme can be completed online. 

Both schemes form part of the range of support and interventions in response to the pandemic, including the extended notice periods within the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act and introduction of private landlord pre-action requirements. The current ban on the enforcement of eviction orders in Scotland has now been extended to 30 September 2021, it will remain unlawful for any person serving a charge for removing or executing a decree for removing from heritable property in any level 3 or 4 areas.

This means that Sheriff Officers are unable to attend a property for the purpose of serving an eviction notice or executing an eviction.

Exceptions are made where the cases are for serious anti-social behaviour, including domestic abuse.

The temporary regulations will be subject to review every 21 days and therefore the general ban on enforcement of eviction orders may be lifted earlier than 30 September

 Following the recent announcement that the current restrictions will stay in place until at least the end of February, we would again stress the importance of everyone continuing to take steps to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. 

We are asking businesses and organisations to continue to look at their functions to see how they can be delivered in a manner that will ensure the risk of transmission is reduced, and there is enhanced compliance with keeping people safe. Where work is required to take place within a home, all precautions should be taken to ensure this does not put you, your employees and others at risk of COVID-19.

The guidance on businesses and workplaces that must close and can open confirms that in level 4 organisations and businesses involved in home or business moves including those involved in purchase, sale, letting or rental can remain open but should note that work from home where possible is a legal requirement.

By law, employers must take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of the incidence and spread of coronavirus. This includes supporting staff to work from home for those roles that can be undertaken remotely. The stay at home guidance also makes clear that where staff were working from home during the first lockdown in March 2020 they should be working from home now.

Where working from home is not possible businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.

It remains vitally important that we all continue to follow the advice designed to help people stay safe, protect others and save lives.

Where to get advice on responding to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

You should keep up to date with and have regard to the latest advice from Government, the NHS and the Chief Medical Officer. The position is changing on a daily basis and therefore it is important to check that advice regularly.

  • Scottish Government advice
  • Public health advice
  • Latest advice and information from the UK Government
  • Health Protection Scotland has published guidance to support those working in non-healthcare settings give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19. In particular section 1.2 has information on how to prevent spread of infection in the workplace.
  • Further public health information for your staff and tenants.
  • Landlord Certificates Glasgow

On 23 October 2020, the Scottish Government published Scotland's Strategic Framework to reflect the strategic approach to suppress the virus level and the move to a five levels of protection approach.

Supporting tenants if they are in financial difficulty or are worried about being able to pay their rent over the coming months

It is important you encourage your tenants to contact you as soon as possible if they are, or think they will be, in financial difficulty and unable to pay their rent. 

Tenants affected by coronavirus who are concerned about paying their rent can claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions which includes support for housing costs, if eligible. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this easier. 

If a tenant is getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, but still can't afford their housing costs, they may be eligible for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). Further information on DHPs and how to apply can be found here

Further support is available for people on low incomes from the Scottish Welfare Fund if facing an emergency situation. 

The Scottish Government has put together information and sources of support for tenants in the private rented sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Chartered Institute for Housing Scotland, Homes for Good and the Scottish Association of Landlords Glasgow have produced guidance on maintaining tenancies and other Covid-19 related advice.

Tenant Hardship Loan Fund

The Scottish Government has established a £10M Tenant Hardship Loan Fund as part of the range of support and interventions to help tenants who are struggling with rent because of changes to their finances and/or employment during the pandemic. 

Eligible tenants can use the loan to clear rent arrears (a maximum of 9 months of agreed rent) from 1 January 2020. Tenants can also borrow up to 3 months of future rent payments as part of the 9 month total.

The loan provides an additional short-term offer that supports tenants to manage rent arrears and help them to come back into paying their rent. Loan repayments will be deferred for 6 months as standard and repaid over a 5 year period. This recognises the continuing uncertainty around the impacts of the pandemic.

The loan will not be an appropriate choice for every tenant and before applying for the loan, tenants should seek further advice about non-repayable financial support that they may be eligible for. Before being awarded a loan, applicants will need to pass an affordability check and a credit check. 

To confirm the level of any arrears, the loan administrator will contact the tenant’s landlord, or where applicable the landlord’s letting agent, for verification of the tenant’s current circumstances. This will include the amount of monthly rent due, the level of outstanding rent arrears and the dates that the arrears relate to. 

Landlords will also be asked to sign an agreement not to take action to repossess a property on the grounds of rent arrears, the landlord or their family member intend to live in the let property, the landlord intends to sell the let property and the landlord intends to use the let property for a purpose other than housing for the period of future rent covered by any loan. 

Any formal action to end a tenancy on these grounds that has already been started will also need to be withdrawn. To avoid delays in offering the loan to eligible tenants, landlords and letting agents are asked to provide the requested information as soon as possible.

Find out more about the loan and how tenants can apply on the loan portal

Charging rent during the outbreak

Rent will still be due under the terms of the tenancy agreement and tenants who are able to pay rent as normal must continue to do so.

There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach, as each tenant’s circumstance is different and some will be worse affected in terms of their ability to pay than others. It is important for landlords to be flexible, and have a frank and open conversation with their tenants at the earliest opportunity, to allow both parties to agree a sensible way forward. 

You should signpost tenants who are concerned about paying their rent to the financial assistance available. The Scottish Government has put together information and sources of support for tenants in the private rented sectorduring the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pre-action requirements which landlords should comply with for seeking repossession for rent arrears

Landlords should engage positively with tenants who are having difficulties paying rent, to work together to manage arrears as far as reasonably possible. The private rented sector (PRS) tenant resource can help your tenants, by signposting them to a range of financial support and advice.

New measures to support landlords to work with tenants who are struggling to pay their rent came into force on 30 September 2020 through The Rent Arrears Pre-Action Requirements (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

To help landlords understand what steps to take to support tenants in rent arrears to sustain the tenancy (which can be used regardless when the rent arrears occurred), the pre-action guidance is a useful resource and toolkit, which includes access to template letters.

Landlords Glasgow who have issued a notice to leave to a tenant on or after 7 April and who subsequently make an application to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) to repossess the property due to rent arrears, which occurred all or in part after 26 May 2020, will be asked by the Tribunal to demonstrate how they have complied with the pre-action requirements.

At the current time, the Tribunal has discretion to take all factors into account when determining whether it is reasonable to grant repossession of a let property.

Evicting a tenant 

We have been clear that no landlord should evict a tenant because they have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19 and we expect landlords to be flexible with tenants facing financial hardship and signpost them to the sources of financial support available. 

In recognition of the severity of the situation we now find the country in, the Scottish Government has passed emergency legislation to protect renters in Scotland during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 protects tenants in Scotland from any eviction action for up to 6 months. This will apply to both the private and social rented housing sectors and will ensure the position is absolutely clear for all landlords and tenants in Scotland. 

This legislation temporarily extends the amount of notice landlords must give when ending a tenancy. In most cases landlords will now need to give tenants 6 months' notice, unless they are ending the tenancy for particular reasons, including antisocial and criminal behaviour by the tenant, or where the landlord or their family need to move into the property where the notice period is 3 months. 

The legislation also temporarily makes all grounds for eviction in the private rented sector discretionary, ensuring that the Tribunal will be able to use discretion and take all factors relating to the impact of COVID-19 has had on both the landlord and tenant into account before deciding whether to issue an eviction order or not.

The new law applies in cases where a landlord serves notice on their tenant on or after 7 April 2020. Where a landlord has served notice on their tenant before 7 April 2020, the changes in the new law do not apply. 

Read more information on changes to notice periods for private residential tenancies.

Read information on notice periods for short assured and assured tenancies.

Issuing a notice to end a tenancy

There is a formal process that you must follow if you want to end a tenancy agreement with a tenant. The exact process you must follow depends on the type of tenancy in place.

Information on ending a tenancy and the amount of notice a landlord must give a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis can be found at the following links:

  • private residential tenancy
  • short assured tenancy

If a landlord, or their agent, tries to physically or forcefully remove a tenant from the property it will be considered to be an illegal eviction which is a serious criminal offence. Illegal eviction attempts are not allowed and could impact on a landlord’s registration or a letting agent’s registration.

Process if the tenant doesn’t leave at the end of the notice period

If a tenant does not move out on or before the date in the ‘Notice to Leave’/AT6/section 33 notice the landlord must apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) for an eviction order and the tenant does not have to move out until they are served with an eviction order granted by the Tribunal. 

If a landlord, or their agent, tries to physically or forcefully remove a tenant from the property it will be considered to be an illegal eviction which is a serious criminal offence.

Enforcement of an eviction order

Due to the continued increase in cases caused by the new variant of the virus, a temporary ban on the enforcement of an eviction order by Sheriff Officers has been put in place from 22 January until the 31 March 2021 in areas subject to level 3 or 4 protection areas. These measures will help to mitigate the pressure on housing, health and other public services and offer people, including Sheriff Officers, protection from transmission of the virus in areas where there is a need for a higher level of restrictions. 

While regulations apply to areas in level 3 or 4 until 31 March 2021, this is subject to a review every three weeks to ensure it remains necessary to protect against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Definition of an illegal eviction

An illegal eviction is when a landlord, or their agent, fails to follow the proper process for ending a tenancy. The following actions may be illegal and can result in a landlord committing a criminal offence: 

  • changing the locks to keep the tenant out of the property
  • making life so uncomfortable for a tenant that they are forced to leave their home by for example cutting off water, gas or electricity supplies
  • physically removing a tenant from the property, only a sheriff officer may do this

Illegal eviction attempts are not allowed and could result in the landlord being convicted of an offence. On indictment, the court can impose an unlimited fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both. An illegal eviction conviction will also impact on a landlord’s registration. Involvement by an agent in an illegal eviction will also impact on a letting agent’s registration.

Landlord Certificates Glasgow

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Landlord Certificates Advice in Glasgow

 Landlords can be send down a dark rabbit hole of certification before they are able to legally rent out their property in Scotland. In Glasgow the leading landlord certification provider in check out the website for further information.

Currently Landlords require the following certificates for their property :

1. EICR Electrical installation condition report (Electrical compliance / inspection and testing certificate)

2. PAT Testing Portable appliance testing

3. Smoke and heat detector installation and certification 

4. EPC - Energy performance certificates

5. Legionella risk assessment

6. Gas safe CP12

We provide all these landlord certificates on a same day as testing basis, we can offer individual certificates but most commonly we provide a landlord package for the certificates.

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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Certificates 4 landlords Landlord legislation

At certificates 4 landlords we even to provide comprehensive certification from electrical installation reports to energy performance assessments. We work closely with landlords to ensure we get the correct paperwork in order so they can rent out your property hassle free. Working in partnership with companies like Wes electrical, who can provide electrical installation condition reports, pat testing, and smoke and fire alarm certification. We also partner with other companies to enable us to provide all certification that the landlord requires.

We are fully up-to-date and fully complaint with all current landlord regulations and all our engineers are fully qualified and insured to carry out the work at your property.  Legislation to be a landlord is constantly changing and this can bring stress and confusion to landlords who are not fully aware of what these legislation changes are, this is where certificates 4 landlords can tailor a package specifically for your own needs for example,  a four-bedroom up and down stairs house would have different needs to a one bedroom flat and this is where we act as consultants to keep you informed as to what certification is required and will issue the certificates on the same day. The most common issues in property the is over 15 to 20 years old is the fuse box consumer unit which would require to be updated, this is either due to lack of RCD, the wrong MCB breakers Or fuse wire currently installed. Feel free to check out our website for certification

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

24 hour call out in ashton lane westend glasgow

well last night didt go to well for me, i an an emergency electrical call out at 2am in the morning to head out to the westend, apartently they could smell burning in a bar and the smoke detectors had gone off, but when i got there there was hardly any smoke but there was a burning smell from electrical cables somewhere i just had to locate it. i finally found the cause of the problem 45 mins later, it was a cable in the kitchen that had been too close to heat and had burned through. all i could do at the time was isolate the problem and now i need to head back over to the westend to install new wiring. cant wait im soo tired il update once im back.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

emergency electricians glasgow

attended a call out to david lloyd renfrew , an emergency call out as we are based in glasgow we got to the call out in less than an hour, but easy problem and power fully restored to the club. happy gyming people call us 01418405236

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

my little town of renfrew

Thousands see opening of revamped Renfrew Town Hall THOUSANDS gathered in Renfrew on Saturday to enjoy the reopening of the town hall. An afternoon of entertainment was laid on to celebrate the completion of a £5.2million revamp of Renfrew Town Hall, which dates back 140 years. A parade from the town’s Robertson Park started the celebrations, followed by a performance from Renfrew Burgh Band. Former X Factor star Gamu took to the stage alongside children’s entertainers, The Singing Kettle. A Clyde One roadshow and funfair rides kept the crowds entertained before the A-listed town hall was officially declared open by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Provost Celia Lawson and Derek Mackay MSP. A spectacular fireworks display after the official opening was the highlight of the day and attracted a huge crowd to the High Street. Over 150 people took the opportunity to see inside the restored town hall and newly-created Renfrew Community Museum. Provost Celia Lawson, said: “Everyone involved with the £5.2m modernisation aimed to reflect how much the town hall means to the people of Renfrew. “That was clearly demonstrated at the opening ceremony where the community got behind the event and we had a big turnout of people enjoying a landmark occasion. “I’d like to thank everyone who supported the project.” Councillor Eileen McCartin, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “The modernisation of the town hall has preserved its heritage and also given Renfrew a top-quality facility. “It’s like having a new building inside the traditional exterior. The new museum is also an exceptional feature which does full justice to Renfrew’s proud past.” Designed in 1872 by Paisley architect John Lamb, the building at the end of Renfrew’s High Street has been completely reworked with ornamental devices like cornices, plasterwork and decorative urns around the rooftop parapet repaired or replaced to their original standard. External landscaping was complemented with the use of Caithness flagstones, granite ramps and steps. The building was given a new steel frame structure and the flat roof was replaced. The new community museum was built alongside the hall to display the town’s history, and takes visitors through the history of Renfrew from medieval times to the present day using objects, pictures, film and people’s own words.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

electrica car charging stations

ABB installs UK’s first privately owned DC rapid charging station Transport Minister Norman Baker opens electric vehicle rapid charger at Midlands printing company RCS ABB has delivered the UK’s first privately owned direct current (DC) rapid charging station for electric vehicles. The charger was installed in Retford, Nottinghamshire and has been officially opened by Transport Minister, Norman Baker, underlining the UK government’s commitment to promoting ultra low carbon transport. The Terra 51 charger was recently installed at the offices of printing company RCS in Retford, just three miles off the A1 that connects London and Edinburgh. RCS, a fast growing company that aims to become the greenest producer in its industry, bought the charger with financial support from the Midlands Plugged-in Places (PiP) project, part of the UK government’s wider programme to develop EV charging infrastructures across the UK. The rapid charge station is being used by RCS to recharge its electric fleet of sales and delivery vehicles, but will also be part of the Plugged-in Midlands public charging network. 'We know there is public appetite out there for plug-in vehicles and we’re doing everything possible to make them a real option for both motorists and industry,' said Mr Baker. 'The installation of this charging station will not only make it easier and faster for electric vehicle owners to recharge away from home, but demonstrates how our Plugged-in Places programme is helping to stimulate private investment in vital infrastructure. There is no doubt that low carbon vehicles are here to stay, and we will continue to work with the industry to create a world leading charging network that really reflects the needs of its users.'