Propertymark has waded into the controversy surrounding regulations removing extended notice periods in Scotland.
The notice periods for residential tenancies - extended during the pandemic - end on March 30 but the Scottish Government insists there must be some exceptions.
Propertymark says there is no evidence to support this, and in a statement over the weekend it referred to a high number of respondents who had opposed this move when it was consulted on last year, with 77 per cent voicing opposition.
Propertymark’s Daryl McIntosh says: “The return to pre-pandemic notice periods is welcome, if overdue, but the continuation of discretionary grounds for possession simply highlights the Scottish Government’s wilful and continued disregard of the value of the private rented sector.
“It is unclear what – if any − evidence the Scottish government has analysed to consider the removal of mandatory grounds for possession warranted.
“Continuing to enforce restrictive legislation on private landlords at a time when the rest of society is returning to pre-pandemic ways of living and working is unacceptable, and the long-term outcomes of such intervention are likely to prove extremely damaging for the sector.”