21 June 2012
The Olympic torch has recently made its way through Scotland, stopping off in Edinburgh amongst other places. It isn’t however, the only thing that’s making its way through Scotland shining its light upon all before it.
Ian Langley, Director of my|deposits Scotland, is also currently making his journey through Scotland as he attempts to get the ball rolling on Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) with a series of workshops and reach as many landlords and agents as possible.
With the launch of TDP just over a week away, my|deposits Scotland has already begun hosting workshops in order to help you to gear up for the changes. The aim of the workshop is to support you, as landlords and agents, by explaining TDP in a face to face forum where you can ask questions and raise your concerns.
We’ve already met in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glenrothes and there are still more workshops planned in Stirling, Aberdeen and Inverness. With even more to be announced in July.
Since 2007, we’ve operated a TDP scheme in England and Wales, protecting £1.5b worth of deposits on behalf of nearly 90,000 members. Now we’re looking to support landlords and agents in Scotland by bringing our knowledge of TDP to the Scottish market and also to demonstrate the learning points of alternative dispute resolution.
Our aim is to support you so that complying with the law is as straightforward as possible – letting you concentrate on managing your properties effectively. And we want to inform you about how best to avoid disputes and empower you to be better placed to win them in the event that your tenant isn’t happy with any deductions you wish to make. A key lesson that we have learnt is that disputes are won and lost at the beginning, not the end of the tenancy – so you must make sure you are prepared for the changes.
For more advice on how to prepare yourself for TDP in Scotland, get yourself along to one of the workshops. As mentioned, Ian will be hosting more of these over the next few weeks and beyond. Visit the my|deposits Scotland events pages to find out where and when. And if Ian isn’t coming to a town near you – don’t fret. He is also free for one to one meetings or to provide staff training.
Ian will also be posting his thoughts in the coming weeks, distilling the key issues that come up at the workshops and offering great advice and tips along the way. Look out for the blog here.