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Tenant Information Packs are welcomed by Pagan Osborne

New Tenant Information Packs (TIP), which come into force on 1st May 2013, are a step in the right direction, according to legal, financial and property company Pagan Osborne.

The packs, which will legally require private landlords in Scotland to provide tenants with key information on the property, the tenancy and their rights, are the latest piece of legislation  introduced to a growing rentals sector.

Linda Black is Property Sales Manager & Head of Property Lettings (Fife) at Pagan Osborne.  She welcomes the new legislation, but raises questions over its enforcement.

She said: “The bulk of the information required in the Tenant Information Pack is something that most reputable letting agents will already be providing as standard.  Gas safety certificates, council tax details, what to do if repairs are needed and energy performance certificates are all part of the new TIP and it means that the onus is on the landlord or letting agent to inform the tenant.

“The good thing about it is that there is avoidance of doubt.  It makes everything transparent and will automatically become part of the letting process.

“The fact that this has now become legislation goes some way to stopping less scrupulous landlords who can give the whole industry a bad name.  I think that this is definitely a step in the right direction and also hope that the Scottish Government will pursue landlords who fail to comply.”

Tenant Information Packs will be required on all new leases signed after 1st May 2013.  Existing leases are not affected until renewal.

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