Whilst the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 August 2014, it has recently been announced that some of the key tenancy management provisions in the 2014 Act will come into force next year, in 2019. This article summarises the changes being given effect in 2019 and outlines the key issues which will be of interest to registered social landlords in Scotland.
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