Tenancy Deposit Protection Deadline for Scottish Landlords

Do you let out a property in Scotland?

The deadline for protecting your tenancy deposits is Tuesday the 13th of November 2012. Not only must you be registered with the appropriate local authority and transfer existing deposits, you now need to provide new tenants with details of the tenancy scheme you are using to safeguard their deposit.

Why do I need to know about the tenancy deposit scheme?

If you are a Scottish landlord you must ensure tenants’ deposits are put into a custodial scheme and that the money is held by an approved scheme for the duration of the tenancy. Evidence of registration with your local authority must be provided when the deposit is paid. This is different to England and Wales, where tenancy deposit money can be protected with insurance.

What are the deadlines for landlords?

The most important deadline is the 13th of November. All deposits you have received from tenants on or after the 7th of March must be transferred in your chosen tenancy deposits scheme. Here is a table of deadlines for the tenancy deposit scheme.

Date Deposit Received On or After Deadline to Comply
2 July 2012 and before 2 October 2012 13 November
7 March 2011 and before 2 July 2012 13 November
2 October 2012 Within 0 working days of the beginning of the tenancy
Any deposit received prior to 7 March 2011UnlessThe tenancy is renewed, either by express agreement or on tacit relocation, or after 2 October and before 2 April 2012 By 15 May 2012Within 30 working days of renewal

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