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    The result of the consultation was a change to...

    The result of the consultation was a change to the definition of a premium so the law was amended.

    The consultation process gave three options two options were for referencing fees to be legal and...
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    In this case the Sheriff appears to have been...

    In this case the Sheriff appears to have been heavily influenced by the Governments position on the charging of referencing fees however as section 3.10 of the link below proves, the Government only...
  3. Thanks for the link, for reasons known only to...

    Thanks for the link, for reasons known only to them SAL have only reported on the 2nd reason why the sheriff in the CKD Galbraith case ruled that the referencing fee was not a premium and omitted the...
  4. Since this thread started it has come to light...

    Since this thread started it has come to light that there has been a court ruling at a Sheriff Court were CKD Galbraith back in July 2013 successfully argued the case that their referencing fee was...
  5. We also asked housing law specialist Rory Cowan...

    We also asked housing law specialist Rory Cowan from Kerr Stirling to comment. He said:

    “Unfortunately this case does not give us any further guidance on historic charges made before the change...
  6. http://www.loudemail.com/view-newsletter/1476/4781...

    http://www.loudemail.com/view-newsletter/1476/478135
  7. Poll: I agree there should be a standard. I don't...

    I agree there should be a standard.

    I don't agree that it should only affect the private rental sector.

    For older properties that haven't had an EICR recently there are likely to be...
  8. It hasn't been widely publicised but here's a...

    It hasn't been widely publicised but here's a copy of Shelter's reply to prove that I am not making it up.
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  9. The report is probably fairer than most reports...

    The report is probably fairer than most reports into the Private Rental Sector.

    It does though contain a major error in that it claims that letting agent fees were unlawful since 1984.
    This has...
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    Jack Dromney was thrust upon the Labour party who...

    Jack Dromney was thrust upon the Labour party who did not want him by Unite. If he becomes housing minister then it will be a disaster.

    Here is another link giving more details of the proposals...
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    Snorkerz, Not convinced that is correct as...

    Snorkerz,

    Not convinced that is correct as banks were reluctant to lend for property investment before 1988 as they could not get properties back if it all went pear shaped.
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    Longer term tenancies - Eric Pickles

    Apparently the Conservative Party have signed up for Shelter's policy of longer term tenancies.
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    At the end of the day the deposit is taken to...

    At the end of the day the deposit is taken to protect the landlord from the behaviour of the tenant.

    It no longer does this and instead leaves landlords exposed to spurious claims by tenants, a...
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    I hope that is correct as I think it is wrong...

    I hope that is correct as I think it is wrong that such a large fine has been incurred if their has been no loss suffered by the tenants.
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    Deposit precedent set

    :=(:

    http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/landlord-ordered-to-pay-back-three-times-deposit-1-3072730

    An Edinburgh landlord has been ordered to pay his tenants three times the value of the...
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    Another issue that is interesting from the link...

    Another issue that is interesting from the link is that the Universities have stopped taking deposits.

    What the link doesn't mention is that the Universities have added protection as they will not...
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    Tenancy deposit scheme

    Hi All

    Just thought I would share an interesting article regarding the tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland.
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    I had a similar situation a few years ago. I...

    I had a similar situation a few years ago.

    I think the normal procedure is to let your solicitor who completed the purchase know ASAP as their is time restrictions.

    They will write to the...
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    The ban on premiums was introduced in the Rent of...

    The ban on premiums was introduced in the Rent of Furnished Houses Control (Scotland) Act 1943 not 1984.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_control_in_Scotland
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    It would appear that I am not alone in my opinion...

    It would appear that I am not alone in my opinion of Shelter.

    http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/news_features/Agents-call-for-Shelter-to-be-probed-by-Charity-Commission
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    If you wish to check whether he complied with the...

    If you wish to check whether he complied with the time scale for lodging your deposit then I believe that Shelter etc. have calculators on their site.

    My feeling is that he probably has missed the...
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    Three points: 1 Does East Lothian not already...

    Three points:

    1 Does East Lothian not already have a Citizens Advice Bureau providing the same service.

    2 Shelter offers a national helpline could East Lothian Council not just refer their...
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    My source is Shelters Annual Report 2011/12....

    My source is Shelters Annual Report 2011/12. Having checked it in full the reserves are 22 million (not 30) and the 10m is correct.
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    All the services you describe are available from...

    All the services you describe are available from Citizens advice.

    The trouble with Shelter is that they do not actually supply accommodation so any accommodation they secure for a homeless person...
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    TIPs and LR Number on Adverts were announced in...

    TIPs and LR Number on Adverts were announced in late 2011 in the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011, and came into force on the 1st June 2013 and 1st May 2013, I hardly call that a very small...
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