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Private residential tenancyS

5(1)The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 applies in accordance with the modifications in this paragraph.S

(2)Paragraph 12 of schedule 3 (rent arrears) has effect as if—

(a)after sub-paragraph (3) there were inserted—

(3A)Sub-paragraph (3B) applies where the First-tier Tribunal is satisfied—

(a)that the eviction ground named by sub-paragraph (1) applies, and

(b)that all or part of the rent in respect of which the tenant is in arrears as mentioned in that eviction ground relates to the period during which paragraph 5 of schedule 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 is in force.

(3B)Where this sub-paragraph applies, in considering for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(b) whether it is reasonable to issue an eviction order against the tenant, the First-tier Tribunal is to consider the extent to which the landlord has complied with pre-action requirements before applying for the eviction order.,

(b)after sub-paragraph (5) there were inserted—

(6)In sub-paragraph (3B), “pre-action requirements” means such requirements as the Scottish Ministers may specify in regulations.

(7)Regulations under sub-paragraph (6) may in particular make provision about—

(a)information to be provided by a landlord to a tenant including information about the terms of the tenancy, rent arrears and any other outstanding financial obligation under the tenancy,

(b)steps to be taken by a landlord with a view to seeking to agree arrangements with a tenant for payment of future rent, rent arrears and any other outstanding financial obligation under the tenancy,

(c)such other matters as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate..

(3)Section 77(3) (regulation-making powers) has effect as if after “41” there were inserted “ and paragraph 12(6) of schedule 3 ”.

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