Harder to evict tenants in Midlothian

SOCIAL landlords in Midlothian will have to abide by new legislation making it harder for them to evict rent-defaulting tenants.

However, Midlothian’s largest social landlord has stressed that removing a tenant from a property may still be implemented as the ultimate sanction.

Under amendments to the Housing Scotland Act (2010), independent housing organisations will be required to undertake a series of actions before they can refer a tenant to court for eviction action.

Tenants must be offered housing benefits advice and landlords must take proactive steps to put in place a reasonable payment plan.

The legislation will also give tenants a final opportunity to reach an agreement with their landlord on rental arrear repayments after a court eviction order is granted.

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