Consultation on changes to landlord registration fees and applications

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on making changes to the landlord registration system. The changes being considered are: –

  • an inflationary increase in the principal fee/property fee from £55/£11 to £70/£14
  • requiring landlords to confirm and/or evidence that they are adhering to legislation including safety certificate, EPC and legionnaires requirements in order to ensure landlords are aware of/adhering to their responsibilities;
  • an extra charge (approximately £2) on the principal fee to cover the cost of running the online registration system;
  • removing the 10% online application discount, the 100% joint owner discount and the 50% multiple area discount to better reflect the administrative costs in processing applications;
  • charging a fee to those who need to update the register to because of a change in circumstances to cover the cost of processing these updates;
  • offering discounts to landlords who have undergone training or are members of accreditation scheme in order to reward best practice.
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Coronavirus Update from Struan Baptie Property Management Ltd

As you will be aware we are in the midst of an outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19. The Scottish Government has recommended that businesses take steps to allow its staff to work from home to reduce personal contact and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

We do not wish to take any risks with the health and wellbeing of our team and to that end, we are allowing staff to work from home. This will have some implications on our business for all our clients and tenants.

If you have a general enquiry please email contact@sb-pm.co.uk or if your query is in regards to rent please email melissa@sb-pm.co.uk

Of course if you know the email address of the person you wish to get in touch with, please email them directly. If you have the direct dial number of the team member you wish to speak to, this will forward to that person’s mobile phone. We urge you to communicate by email in the first instance. It will most likely be answered more quickly.

We aim to remain fully operational throughout this period. Rent processing will continue as normal and we will continue to deal with emergency repairs and maintenance and all aspects of property management. Routine property inspections, viewings and new tenancy agreements during this period will be postponed to a future date.

I trust that you understand why these precautions are necessary and appreciate your support.
Kind Regards,

Struan Baptie