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Stirling landlords to receive dispute management training

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Landlords in Stirling in Scotland can receive free training into managing tenancy deposits and disputes.

SafeDeposits Scotland, a tenancy deposit scheme, will hold the course at Hotel Colessio on Spittal Street, Stirling, on 27 November, from 10am to 1pm.

Paula Guthrie, adjudication account manager at SafeDeposits Scotland, said: “As well as protecting tenancy deposits, SafeDeposits is committed to providing guidance and raising standards in the private rented sector.

“These courses will help landlords and agents in Stirling and central Scotland better understand the principles of adjudication and in turn help them to protect their investments.

“Some landlords and letting agents make errors at the beginning of tenancies which can cause problems at the end of the lease agreement. The private rented sector is always evolving, so these courses are a great way to keep up to date with best practice and new legislation.”

When it comes to deductions to the deposit at the end of a tenancy, the average amount that tenants and landlords in the FK postcode areas disagreed over was £352.

Disputes in the region accounted for 4% of all tenancy disputes in Scotland.

The most common reason for the tenancy deposit disputes was attributed to cleaning, which was cited in 56% of cases.

By law, landlords and letting agents who take deposits from tenants must protect them in a government-backed deposit protection scheme like SafeDeposits Scotland.

Landlords who fail to do so can face a fine of up to three times the value of the deposit if the tenant launches a case with the First-tier Tribunal.