Forth Residential recently joined landlords and lettings agents in Stirling for the Private Rented Sector Forum. Tony Cain and Steve Mason from the housing team at Stirling Council were joined by representatives from SAL and NLA to talk about recent changes in the private rented sector.
What’s new for landlords?
Changes in building standards, mean that fire detection systems may need to be upgraded. A mains wired heat detector will shortly be required in non HMO properties. Wireless versions are available and our electricians can offer advice on installation.
There will be more focus on detecting unregistered private landlords, with fines and penalties becoming more severe. Registrations are due for renewal every three years. Be sure to check and ensure your registration and contact details are up to date.
For those with a long term void property in Stirling, council tax will increase to 200% of the current rate, to encourage use of vacant residential property.
The default length of HMO licence in Stirling is changing to 2 years. Previously licences have been due for renewal every 3 years.
What’s new for tenants?
Representatives from the Students Union at Stirling University told us about a great project they have started to re-use old furniture. Old items of furniture can often be abandoned at the end of a tenancy. The Students Union collect any unwanted items of furniture from halls at the end of term.
They then run a free shop in Freshers Week to offer the unwanted items to new students moving in. The project is expanding to cover city centre accommodation in Stirling.
Stirling Council will be running an open day for landlords and agents on the 13th May 2014. We’ll be there so pop along and say hello if you’re in the area. If you’d like any advice on renting your property before then give us a call on 01786831295 or email email@example.com