The Scottish Government recently announced that notice periods agents and landlords are required to provide tenants for recovery of possession of property will return to their pre-pandemic position on 30 March 2022. Meaning, landlords will no longer have to serve a 6-month notice. We, at Murray & Currie very much welcome the news.
That said, this is not as straightforward as a complete return to pre-pandemic times. Depending on the length of tenancy, they revert to the below.
Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs)
Assured or Short-Assured Tenancies
In practice, this means:
- All notices served prior to 30 March 2022 will be required to stick to the notice period effective at the time of serving i.e. three or six months depending on the ground being used.
- Any notices served prior to 30 March 2022 that have yet to expire cannot be withdrawn and re-served on the basis of the same grounds to take advantage of the shorter notice periods.
The news from the Scottish Government is welcome and we hope this is a start to more positive policies for the rental sector.