COVID-19 UPDATE #WEREINTHISTOGETHER

COVID-19 Q&A for tenants

In times of uncertainty, our Lettings Team has pulled together helpful Q&A for tenants.

Question

I gave notice to end my tenancy but my property purchase has fallen through now that the Registers of Scotland have closed their doors. What do I do?

Answer

Government guidance notes the following;

If your tenant gives you notice but then changes their mind before it ends, they can ask you to continue the tenancy instead. It’s up to you (the landlord) to decide whether to agree.

The best course of action is to call your landlord or letting agent and inform them of your updated circumstances and confirm, in writing, your intention to remain in the property and retract your notice to leave. Continue to pay the agreed rental on time and if any direct debits were cancelled pending your move, reinstate them accordingly.

If you have received an adverse reaction from your landlord or letting agent, please do call us for support and guidance, however, it is worth noting that the government has banned evictions for a 3 month period and the Housing and Property Chamber has postponed all Case Management Discussions.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/private-residential-tenancies-landlords-guide/pages/ending-the-tenancy-notice-to-leave/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

https://www.housingandpropertychamber.scot/news/important-information-%E2%80%93-impact-covid-19-pandemic

If you want to speak to anyone within the Lettings team, then please contact Sam Paulo  spaulo@gilsongray.co.uk,

The information and opinions contained in this blog are for information only. They are not intended to constitute advice and should not be relied upon or considered as a replacement for advice. Before acting on any of the information contained in this blog, please seek specific advice from Gilson Gray.

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