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Welcome to our Private Sector What's New page which:

  • highlights recent and forthcoming changes within the sector
  • highlights services we provide
  • promotes promoting good practice

This page will be updated to reflect future developments/changes. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this please contact us by email at privatesector.housing@falkirk.gov.uk or by telephone on 01324 590797.

Renting Matters in Falkirk (eNewsletter) May 2022

The first edition of our Landlords and Letting Agents Newsletter Renting Matters in Falkirk is now available.

New Fire Safety Standard

The Fire safety standard in Scotland has changed. Every home in Scotland must now meet the "Tolerable Standard", by having interlinked smoke and heat detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors will also be required if you have carbon-fuelled appliances in the property.

Information on the new standard is detailed in the Scottish Government Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law factsheet. Please see the Scottish Government Fire Alarms Standards Stakeholder Page for materials available in audio, BSL, Large Print and Easy read formats.

All homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their property meets this requirement.

We have prepared links to sites that can help you find a contractor to supply and install the alarms required to meet the standard:

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact us on 01324 590797 (option 2) and we will access and share this information with you.

Falkirk Council is in the process of finalising a scheme to help qualifying homeowners meet this Fire Standard. The Scheme will be in line with the Scottish Government qualifying criteria:

  • Council tax band A-C, AND
  • be of state pension age and in receipt of guaranteed Pension Credit, or
  • have a disability and be in a support group for Employment and Support Allowance

If you have not installed heat and smoke detection to meet this standard, you meet the above criteria and would like to be considered for assistance (resources permitting), please email us at: Smoke.HeatDetection@falkirk.gov.uk or call us on 01324 590797 (option 2) and leave your details.

Falkirk Council does not intend on taking action against households who do not meet the criteria at present. Our aim is to work towards compliance by the end of the financial year 2022/23.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Private Sector Landlord Registration helps you access:

  • up to date private rented sector information
  • changes to the sector affected by COVID-19
  • further information

If your tenant is having difficulty paying their rent, you can find out how they can apply for Universal Credit. You can also use this link if you wish to apply for a Managed Payment or Direct Rent Payment service to request payment of rent from a tenant’s Universal Credit.

Landlord and Letting Agent Virtual Forum: Postponed

Our planned March 2022 Virtual Landlord and Letting Agent Forum has been postponed. We will update this page with the rescheduled date soon.

In the meantime, if you have any topics you would like to suggest for our next event, please email us at privatesector.housing@falkirk.gov.uk.

Private Sector Leasing Scheme

Our updated Private Sector Leasing Scheme is open and is accepting applications

Under One Roof - 2021/22 Webinar Programme

Under One Roof are hosting a series of webinars for landlords/ letting agents to give interactive, free and independent information to help address a range of issues affecting tenements in Scotland.

Please visit Under One Roof for:

  • programme information
  • to register for these one-hour sessions
  • to access previous webinars

Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Our Deposit Guarantee Scheme is currently closed to new applications and is under review.. We will update our webpage once our review is complete.

Energy Efficiency

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 due to come into force on 1 April 2020, have been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19 crisis). These regulations had previously required all properties in Scotland’s private rented sector to have a minimum EPC rating of E at a start of tenancy from 1 October 2020.

Scheme of Assistance

Our Scheme of Assistance outlines who can access assistance and what assistance is available to maintain, repair and adapt your home. We are undertaking a review of property conditions – this does not impact on the assistance currently available.

Care and Repair

Care and Repair aims to give help and support home owners and private tenants to adapt, maintain, repair or improve their homes. It is available to people with of any age who have a disability or people aged 60 or over.

During 2020/21 Care and Repair completed 29 adaptations and are currently supporting a further 57 clients through the adaptation process.

One of our Care and Repair clients has told us how this service has helped her:

"Having the stair lift installed has changed my life. It allows me to do things that I couldn’t do before. I would have been stuck upstairs for the rest of my life or until we sold the house. It has also made a big difference to my carer. He no longer spends his days coming up and down the stairs all day making sure I am OK or getting me things when I need them. He has also been able to go back to work which he simply wouldn’t have been able to do before. This has made me as independent as it is possible for me to be."

Factoring

The Code of Conduct for Property Factors sets out minimum standards of practice for registered property factors.  A revised Code of Conduct, approved by the Scottish Parliament came into effect on 16 August 2021. Please see our Factoring page for further information.

Housing to 2040

In March 2021, the Scottish Government published its first long-term national housing strategy: Housing to 2040. This strategy sets out a vision for housing in Scotland and a route map to get there.

Contact us

Private Sector Team
The Forum
Callendar Business Park
Falkirk
FK1 1XR
Tel: 01324 590797 (Option 2)
Email: privatesector.housing@falkirk.gov.uk