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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Scottish landlord order

Scottish landlords renting out "party flats" to stag and hen parties could face fines of up to £5,000 if there are continued issues of 'anti social behaviour'.

Scottish Ministers have approved new legislation that will enable local authorities to take action on landlords who rent to groups who repeatedly cause complaints from neighbours.

The issue is largely focused on tourist city of Edinburgh which is a major destination on the stag/hen party map.

The new legislation would focus the blame away from the partyers, instead it would be focused on the landlord for repeatedly letting to the wrong crowd.

He said the legislation, designed to clarify and improve the application of anti-social behaviour notices in relation to short-term lets, would make landlords the "culprits".

Landlords who receive a number of complaints against them could then be required to limit the number of people using the property at any one time, increase supervision and security under the new Anti-Social Behaviour Notices (Houses Used for Holiday Purposes) Order 2011,

Landlords that continue to break an order could be faced with a maximum fine of £5000 Scottish Pounds.

Our observation would be that considering that the order is based on level and number of complaints from local residents for action to take place,...... then a flurry of complaints would be expected.

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