EXCLUSIVE: Scots landlords push for rent arrears grants to be paid direct

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EXCLUSIVE: Scots landlords push for rent arrears grants to be paid direct

The Scottish Association of Landlords is urging the government to pay rent arrears grants direct to landlords as a way to address hardship in the sector.

The country’s new £10 million grant fund to support those needing help to pay rent as a direct result of Covid was announced last month and should help those unable to access the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund.

“It will hopefully be launched by the end of the year and we are pushing for this money to be paid directly to landlords,” chief executive John Blackwood tells LandlordZONE.

Many of these tenants have not managed to access the £10 million loan fund due to stringent criteria and credit checks.

“A loan suits the tenants in the PRS who have lost their jobs but are likely to get another one, but because it has to be paid back, it’s not for everyone,” says Blackwood.

Temporary restrictions on evictions in Scotland have been extended to 31st March 2022, with the potential to be extended until 30 September 2022, but Blackwood says landlords seem to be working well with tenants to come to agreements over arrears.

“Although landlords are suffering, many have seen the benefit of working with their tenants to sustain the tenancy and avoid eviction.”

Learn from Scotland

As the government in England looks to spend up to £100,000 investigating how best to set up a national register, it could take learnings from Scotland’s landlord registration scheme according to Blackwood, who believes it should be utilised properly to reap the benefits.

The country’s approach – delegating the register to 32 local authorities – is not as effective as a national register and, like selective licensing schemes in England, rogue landlords probably don’t join up.

Blackwood adds: “It could be an excellent way of disseminating information to landlords as many are unaware of their legal responsibilities, but sadly some authorities fail to see the benefit of using the register to engage proactively with local landlords.”

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Achieved through close partnerships with manufacturers, the introduction of digital tech and low overheads, Heatable have simplified this process phenomenally in addition to offering incredibly low prices, often 20% cheaper than leading competitors.

Pay monthly plans, including 0% interest options are also available.

From the point of ordering, all necessary confirmations, paperwork and correspondents will be issued to landlords directly via email and Heatable are happy to liaise with tenants or letting agents on their behalf – a treat for landlords that may even be more pleasing than their prices.

During the unfortunate age of Covid-19, Heatable have also provided another accidental solution to the problem of multiple people/surveyors attending a tenants property prior to a confirmed installation. Global pandemics have understandably only shortened the tethers of cold showering tenants.

Their online self-survey eradicates the requirement for physical inspection of the property, and offers the reassurance of just one home appointment.

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Traditionally, a worry for a new boiler buyer has always been ‘surprise’ costs – essentially heating engineers on the day finding totally ‘unexpected’ works that have to be completed; most common of which is a new gas pipe supply.

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For returning landlords, blessed with multiple boiler breakdowns – Heatable will offer £100 discount each installation after the first booking.

A previously agonising and stressful process for landlords has been revolutionised.

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