With the latest research showing that 50 disputes have arisen between landlords and tenants in the Inverness area in the last 12 months, the SafeDeposits Scotland has announced that it is to offer landlords in the local area free training into managing tenancy deposits and disputes.
The study reveals the average amount that tenants and landlords in the area disagreed over deductions to the deposit at the end of a tenancy was £406.15.
Cleaning was identified as the number one reason for the tenancy deposit disputes, as was the case in just over half - 52% - of the cases within the IV postcode area.
The deposit protection provider hopes that its workshop, part of a programme of workshops touring the country, will help demonstrate how to present evidence if there is a dispute with a tenant.
The workshop, which will be aimed at those who have not received previous training on adjudications, will be held at Jurys Inn on Millburn Road on September 24 from 1pm to 4pm.
Paula Guthrie, adjudication account manager at SafeDeposits Scotland, commented: “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 around Inverness 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.”