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Landlord or tenant, YoungsRPS is on hand to advise you

From negotiating tenancies and licences to submitting a tender, we put our technical knowledge into practice to create agreements that work for you.

Tenancies are detailed and complicated agreements and an expert opinion can be essential in determining when to stand your ground.

Based in our Alnwick office, Director Tom Oates and his team have a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting for both landlords and tenants, ranging from the Borders into Southern Scotland and the Isles.

No matter the situation or on which side of the fence you stand, we bring a professional eye and sound advice to even the most complex of situations and disputes.

Improvements amnesty

The Land Reform (Scotland) 2016 Act has brought in many changes including the much anticipated amnesty on tenant’s improvements. The amnesty, which extends for three years, beginning 13 June 2017, represents the opportunity for tenants to have items which would be fairly classed as tenants improvements. The retrospective registration of improvements will not only qualify these items as ones that have to be compensated for if the tenant ever leaves the holding, but also clearly identifies them as items that should be disregarded as part of any rent review process going forward.

Ultimately, this amnesty represents the one-off opportunity for both landlord and tenants to sort out any loose ends or identify any items that could have slipped through the net. The process needs to be undertaken carefully, thoughtfully and in accordance with the Tenant Farming Commissioner’s Code of Practice. Clear thought needs to be given to what items will qualify and care needs to be taken to ensure to that all items are captured.

Waygo claims

End of tenancy claims are hugely important and can amount to considerable sums of money, often essential for any retirement plan. There are specific methods of valuation that are used in the calculations and often, these situations are not straightforward.

Having been involved in a significant number of Waygo claims, experience in this area is vital to ensure true value is delivered.


Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, this proposal will allow tenants the ability to sign their lease to a much larger pool, along with a preemptive right to buy for landlords, meaning that assignation has never been more important.

The legislation is complex so careful thought has to be given as to the routes to take as part of the process and also to negotiate the best deal.


Planning for the next generation to take over the reins is hugely important and as the legislation surrounding succession is complicated, expert advice is key.

At YoungsRPS, we can help you to plan for succession, ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as possible - the sooner we are involved the better. We are also able to assist in the negotiation and drafting of new agreements, ensuring that your best interests are fully protected.

Rent reviews

With extensive experience of negotiating rent reviews, we are ideally placed to ensure that you get the best deal. A turbulent history of landlord and tenant relations shows the importance of professional negotiation from the start to ensure that expensive litigation is avoided.

With the proposed changes to the rent review process there will undoubtedly be significant issues to discuss during the first round of reviews under the new system. A careful approach should be taken as matters that are agreed in this first round could have significant bearing over reviews for many years to come.

We have built a strong reputation as an honest and dynamic advisor to our clients.

To find out more about how we can help you through landlord and tenant discrepancies, contact our Dumfries office today.

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