The "recent" changes
Over recent years, particularly in Scotland, there have been quite a lot of significant changes, developments and refinements to the law (statutory legislation and interpretation/application) affecting private landlords. These changes place a burden of responsibility (and legal liability) on the landlord.
In many cases, out-with the private rental sector, those responsibilities would fall to the property occupier - without any legal obligation or liability. Currently however, the prevailing view is that these responsibilities and liabilities should fall to private landlords within the rental sector as "business owners".
Examples of these changes include :-
- electrical safety
- fire detection
- gas safety
- carbon monoxide safety
- water safety (legionella)
- Energy Performance Certificates
- landlord registration
- deposit protection
For more information on any of these changes please click on the bullet point listed above and follow the links provided.