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Private landlord forum

Information about the quarterly Private Landlord Forum.

Next landlord forum - Wednesday 30th of August 2017, Eastwood House, Giffnock.

The next meeting of East Renfrewshire Council's Landlord Forum will take place at Eastwood House, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG on Wednesday the 30th of August 2017 at 6.30pm.

Do you use a letting agent for your property or are you a letting agent? If so, there are a few changes coming that you should be aware of. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduces a new framework for the regulation of letting agents in Scotland.  Once implemented, this will include a compulsory Register of Letting Agents and a statutory Letting Agent Code of Practice with a means of resolving complaints where the Code has been breached to a new specialist Housing Tribunal.

These measures will give landlords and tenants confidence in the standard of service they should expect and the means to challenge poor practice where it occurs. Come along to hear more from representatives of the Scottish Government's Private Rented Sector Policy Team about what letting agent regulation will mean for agents, landlords and tenants

To reserve your place at this event please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 0141 577 8362 or by email at privatesectorhousing@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.

If you need directions, or any other assistance to enable you to participate in this event, contact this office and we will be happy to help.

April 2017

This meeting took place on Thursday 27th of April 2017 at the Barrhead Foundry, Barrhead. 

The night was used to prepare landlords for the migration to the new digital system for renewing landlord registration. The event provided a practical demonstration of how the new online system works, including renewals/applications and amending your current details. Over the course of the night updates were given regarding upcoming legislation on the New Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 and the New Register of Letting Agents scheduled to start early in 2018.

November 2016

This meeting took place on Tuesday 29th of November 2016 at Eastwood House, Giffnock.

Grant Murray began this session with a presentation giving an overview on the private rented sector in East Renfrewshire, followed by a question and answer session at the request of many landlords. This session was followed by guest speaker, John Bergin discussing Empty Homes in East Renfrewshire Council, as well as outlining the future plans for the Private Sector Leasing Scheme. East Renfrewshire Council's Prevention Team were also in attendance discussing topics such as clawing back rent arrears, hiring Trusted Traders, protecting yourselves and tenants from scams, and business advice on consumer issues.

August 2016

This meeting took place on Wednesday the 31st of August 2016 at Carlibar Primary School.

Trish Pryce, a Convener with the Private Rented Housing Panel, gave an update us on the impact of recent legislative changes on the private rented housing sector and explained how the Private Rented Housing Panel plays a prominent role moving forward. Trish also discussed the right for Local Authorities in Scotland to make direct referrals to the PRHP where a property does not meet the 'Repairing Standard' and the new legislation which gives landlords a "Right of Entry" to their property. She also discussed amendments to the 'Repairing Standard' relating to smoke detection and carbon monoxide detectors.

April 2016

This meeting took place on Wednesday the 27 of April 2016 at Carlibar Primary School.

Due to popular demand from our landlords, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) returned to the landlord forum to discuss Universal Credit, providing useful information covering the many aspects of Universal Credit that affect landlords.

November 2015

This meeting took place on Wednesday the 18 of November 2015 at Carlibar Primary School.

Jim Bauld a solicitor from TC Young and specialist in housing law matters since 1994, provided a training session on Tenancy Management, which included communication with tenants, pre-letting procedures, tenancy deposit administration, equality issues, complaints/disputes and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

August 2015

This meeting took place on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at Carlibar Primary School.

Kathleen McCormick (Department of Work and Pensions) spoke about the impact that Welfare Reform (Universal Credit) will have on the private rented sector. As you may be aware this particular topic has dominated the news headlines recently and many issues are being debated fiercely in the public domain.

Stuart McKelvie (Technical Adviser) of SELECT (Scottish Electrical Trade Body) also came to inform landlords of the upcoming legislation changes to electrical safety and provided information on the technical aspects of The Electrical Installation Condition Report and PATS testing requirements for landlords.

November 2014

This meeting took place on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at Carlibar Primary School.

After discussion with landlords at previous forums, a training session for private landlords/agents in conjunction with Campbell Dallas LLP took place.

Greg McNally (VAT Director), a tax specialist in indirect taxes since 2000, agreed to provide information on landlord related tax matters. His aim was to promote landlords understanding of the tax world allowing them to identify legitimate tax savings and to ensure they are fully compliant with HMRC.

John Kelso (Homeless Implementation Officer) of East Renfrewshire Council also gave a presentation on the Councils Private Leasing Scheme.

August 2014

This meeting took place on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at Carlibar Primary School.

Bill McAnally (Asset Management Surveyor, East Renfrewshire Council) provided information on how to identify the difference between dampness and condensation, the types of treatment systems currently used and possible ways to eradicate the problem.

Paul Holland (Trading Standards, East Renfrewshire Council) discussed the "Trusted Trader" scheme where local businesses covering a wide range of trades have been rated by their customers and checked by both Renfrewshire Councils. Paul Holland also discussed Property Maintenance "Scams" and Energy Performance Certificates.

The Private Sector Team also provided an update, eight years since the legislation was first introduced including; statistics, changes in the legislation and future forum topics.

August 2013

This meeting took place on Tuesday 27 of August 2013 at Carlibar Primary School.

David Newitt (Home Energy Scotland) discussed various topics on energy efficiency including many attractive schemes that are in place to save landlords money and make landlord properties more energy efficient.

Wayne MacKay (The Electrical Safety Council) gave a talk on landlord's responsibilities in terms of electrical safety in Scotland.

May 2013

This meeting took place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at Carlibar Primary School.

Allan Clifford (Department of Work and Pensions) discussed the impact the Welfare Reform will have on the private rented sector.

John Blackwood (Scottish Association of Landlords) also kindly offered and explained the Tenant Information Pack which landlords have a duty to provide to tenants from the 1 of May 2013.

The event was successful with over 70 landlords at the event.


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