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Rent Increases

Legislative Update
Last week the Scottish Government announced a relaxation to the current PRS rent freeze restrictions.  This will be applicable from 1 April 2023. From that date, increases of up to 3% will be permitted, with up to 6% where the landlord can show their property costs have increased.

For rent increase notices issued from 1 April 2023 the permitted rate of increase will be set at 3%. To increase rents you must wait until 1 April 2023 to issue the rent increase notice on behalf of your client landlords.  For tenants on a PRT the notice period is 3 months so the increase can’t come into force until July 2023.

Any rent increase notices issued prior to 1 April 2023 are capped at 0% and therefore voided by the current legislation, even if they come into force after 1 April 2023.

Alternatively, from 1 April 2023 if your client landlord wishes to increase the rent to cover increases in prescribed property costs, they can apply to the rent officer for an increase of up to 6% to cover.

Enforcements of Evictions

Enforcement of evictions will continue to be prevented for all tenants except in a number of specified circumstances. 

The moratorium on evictions was brought in as a temporary measure to 31st March 2023 and is now extended to 30 September 2023, provided the Scottish Government believe it remains necessary, with the option to extend for another six-month period if required.