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The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

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SECTION 6Ending the tenancy

Bringing the tenancy to an end

97.  The correct procedure for ending a tenancy depends on such factors as the type of tenancy and the reason it is ending. But in all circumstances you must comply with relevant tenancy law and ensure you follow appropriate legal procedures when seeking to end a tenancy.

98.  You must have clear written procedures in place for managing the ending of the tenancy (including where the tenancy is brought to an end by the landlord, or by the tenant or joint tenant; the landlord intends to seek eviction and where a tenancy has been abandoned); the serving of appropriate legal notices; and giving the landlord and tenant all relevant information.

99.  You must apply your policy and procedures consistently and reasonably.

100.  You must not try to persuade or force the tenant to leave without following the correct legal process.

Inventory/check-out

101.  Before they leave the property you must clearly inform the tenant of their responsibilities such as the standard of cleaning required; the closing of utility accounts and other administrative obligations, e.g. council tax, in line with their tenancy agreement. You must offer them the opportunity to be present at the check-out visit unless there is good reason not to. For example, evidence of violent behaviour.

102.  If you are responsible for managing the check-out process, you must ensure it is conducted thoroughly and, if appropriate, prepare a sufficiently detailed report (this may include a photographic record) that makes relevant links to the inventory/schedule of condition where one has been prepared before the tenancy began.

103.  If the tenant wishes to be present during the check-out visit, you must give them reasonable notice of the arrangements unless there is good reason not to be present (see also paragraph 101).

104.  You must give the tenant clear written information (this may be supported by photographic evidence) about any damage identified during the check-out process and the proposed repair costs with reference to the inventory and schedule of condition if one was prepared.

Tenancy deposits

105.  Where you manage the tenancy deposit on behalf of a landlord you must take reasonable steps to come to an agreement with the tenant about deposit repayment. Where agreement is reached you must make a claim to the relevant Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

106.  In the event of a dispute, the agent and tenant will be required to follow the relevant scheme’s rules for disputes.

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