Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 17th March 2016.

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Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

Amendment 108 provides for an additional step on top of the steps that are laid out in the bill. Landlords would still have to satisfy the requirements of the abandonment ground as drawn up by the Government.

In addition, under the current provisions in the bill, tenants could be evicted even if they were paying rent, because they make reference only to the tenant “not occupying” the property. Amendment 108 would add an extra safeguard to the process. The legal advice that I have received from Shelter differs from that which the Government has received.