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Scottish government outlines new landlord regulations

April 20th, 2012

The Scottish government has launched a blueprint for the regulation of landlords and the rental sector, which may be implemented across the UK.

Housing minister Keith Brown has launched a consultation on the regulations, which aim to root out rogue landlords and improve the system for those who provide a good service to tenants.

He said that a small group of exploitative landlords are bringing down the reputation of the private rented sector.

“The Scottish government is committed to enabling effective action to help remove the small minority of rogue landlords from the private rented sector and to ensure that local authorities have the powers that they need to tackle this problem,” he explained.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said that the blueprint is a big step in the right direction.

He said the regulations will help create a rental system based on the foundations of “security, fairness and affordability”.

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