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Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

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SCHEDULE 1TENANCIES WHICH CANNOT BE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES

(introduced by section 1)

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Notes

Low rent

1(1)A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if—

(a)it is a tenancy under which rent of, or equivalent to, less than £6 a week is payable, and

(b)it has not previously acquired the status of a private residential tenancy or been an assured tenancy (including a statutory assured tenancy) within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

(2)In determining the rent payable for the purpose of sub-paragraph (1), no account is to be taken of any amount paid by the tenant in respect of services, repairs, maintenance or insurance.

Shop

2A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is one to which the Tenancy of Shops (Scotland) Act 1949 is capable of applying.

Licensed premises

3A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is one under which the let property consists of or comprises premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Agricultural land

4(1)A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if sub-paragraph (2) or (3) applies to it.

(2)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if the let property includes two acres or more of agricultural land.

(3)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if—

(a)the tenancy is a relevant agricultural tenancy, and

(b)the let property is occupied by the person responsible for the control (whether as tenant or as the tenant’s agent or employee) of the farming of the let property.

(4)For the purposes of this paragraph—

(a)“agricultural land” has the meaning given in section 115(1) of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984,

(b)“relevant agricultural tenancy” means a tenancy which falls within the definition given in the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 of—

(i)a 1991 Act tenancy,

(ii)a short limited duration tenancy,

(iii)a limited duration tenancy,

(iv)a modern limited duration tenancy, or

(v)a repairing tenancy.

Student let

5(1)A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if—

(a)the purpose of it is to confer on the tenant the right to occupy the let property while the tenant is a student, and

(b)sub-paragraph (2) or (3) applies to the tenancy.

(2)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if the landlord is—

(a)a university or constituent college, school or hall of a university,

(b)a central institution within the meaning of section 135(1) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (“the 1980 Act”),

(c)a designated institution within the meaning of section 44(2) of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992,

(d)an institution for the provision of further education within the meaning of section 135(1) of the 1980 Act which is administered by an education authority,

(e)a college of further education which is managed by a board of management in terms of Part 1 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992,

(f)an association approved under regulation 8 of the Further Education (Scotland) Regulations 1959 (S.I. 1959/477),

(g)the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

(3)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if—

(a)planning permission for the construction, conversion or change of use of the building (or part of the building) of which the let property forms part was given on the basis that the let property would be used predominantly for housing students, and

(b)the landlord is an institutional provider of student accommodation.

(4)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3), a landlord is an institutional provider of student accommodation if—

(a)the landlord lets, or is entitled to let, other properties in the same building or complex as the let property,

(b)the let property and the other properties together include at least 30 bedrooms, and

(c)the landlord uses, or intends to use, the other properties predominantly for the purpose of housing students.

(5)In this paragraph, “student” means a person who is pursuing a course of study provided by a body referred to in sub-paragraph (2).

Holiday let

6A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the purpose of it is to confer on the tenant the right to occupy the let property for a holiday.

Resident landlord

7A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if paragraph 8 or 9 applies to it.

8This paragraph applies to a tenancy if—

(a)the let property would not be regarded as a separate dwelling were it not for the terms of the tenancy entitling the tenant to use property in common with another person (“shared accommodation”), and

(b)from the time the tenancy was granted, the person (or one of the persons) in common with whom the tenant has a right to use the shared accommodation is a person who—

(i)has the interest of the landlord under the tenancy, and

(ii)has a right to use the shared accommodation in the course of occupying that person’s home.

9(1)This paragraph applies to a tenancy if sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) apply to it.

(2)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if, from the time it was granted, a dwelling within the same building as the let property has been occupied as the only or principal home of a person who, at the time of occupying it, has the interest of the landlord under the tenancy.

(3)This sub-paragraph applies to a tenancy if, at the time it was granted, there was an ordinary means of access—

(a)through the let property to the dwelling occupied by the person who is, or is to be, the landlord, or

(b)through the dwelling occupied by the person who is, or is to be, the landlord to the let property (whether or not that access was available to the tenant as of right).

(4)For the purpose of this paragraph, in determining whether a dwelling is occupied as the only or principal home of the person having the interest of the landlord, no account is to be taken of—

(a)any period beginning with the date on which the interest of the landlord is transferred (other than on death) and ending—

(i)28 days later, or

(ii)6 months later if, within 28 days of the period beginning, the person to whom the interest is transferred notifies the tenant of the person’s intention to occupy a dwelling within the same building as the let property,

(b)any period of up to 24 months beginning with the date of the person’s death and ending with the person’s interest in the tenancy being vested in another person (otherwise than as the person’s executor).

10If, at any time, the landlord holds the landlord’s interest as a trustee under a trust, a reference in paragraph 8 or 9 to a landlord or the person having the interest of the landlord includes a person who is a beneficiary under the trust.

11In a case where two or more persons jointly are the landlord under a tenancy, references to the landlord in paragraphs 8 to 10 are to any one of those persons.

Police housing

12A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the landlord is the Scottish Police Authority.

Military housing

13A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the landlord is the Secretary of State for Defence.

Social housing

14A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the landlord is—

(a)a local authority landlord within the definition given in section 11 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001,

(b)a registered social landlord within the definition given in section 165 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010,

(c)a co-operative housing association within the definition given in section 1 of the Housing Associations Act 1985, or

(d)Scottish Water.

Sublet, assigned, etc. social housing

15A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it arises as a result of a Scottish secure tenancy or a short Scottish secure tenancy (within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001) being assigned, sublet or otherwise given up (see section 32(7) of the 2001 Act).

Homeless persons

16A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is granted on a temporary basis and the purpose of it is the fulfilment of a duty imposed on a local authority by Part II of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987.

Persons on probation or released from prison etc.

17A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is granted for a term of less than 6 months to a tenant who—

(a)is under the supervision provided by a local authority under paragraph (b)(i), (ii) or (vi) of section 27(1) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, or

(b)has requested advice, guidance or assistance from a local authority in fulfilment of its functions under paragraph (c) of that section.

Asylum seekers

18A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the purpose of it is to provide accommodation for asylum-seekers or their dependants in accordance with section 4 or Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Displaced persons

19A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if the purpose of it is to provide accommodation under the Displaced Persons (Temporary Protection) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/1379).

Shared ownership

20A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is a tenancy under a shared ownership agreement within the meaning of section 83(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

Tenancies under previous legislation

21A tenancy cannot be a private residential tenancy if it is—

(a)a protected tenancy within the meaning of the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984,

(b)a tenancy to which Part VI of that Act applies,

(c)a Part VII contract under that Act, or

(d)an assured tenancy (including a statutory assured tenancy) within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

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