More rights for tenants?
November 13th 2009
It is estimated that up to 300 households a year are affected in Scotland when a landlord lets out a property in breach of a mortgage agreement, and the property is subsequently repossessed. But now the government is consulting on proposals for more protection for unauthorised tenants. If there is support for the measures, the Government will propose amendments at Stage 2 of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill.
Minister for Housing and Communities Alex Neil said: "It is important to consider if protection needs to be strengthened, because this issue can mean misery for unsuspecting tenants, who find themselves in an unfortunate position through no fault of their own. However we need to balance our concern for ensuring such tenants have appropriate time to find alternative accommodation, and aren't made homeless, with ensuring that we don't unfairly constrain lenders' ability to repossess.
"The introduction of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill to Parliament provides an opportunity to consult and bring enhanced protection into force quickly."