Housing and communities minister in Scotland Alex Neil has claimed it is time to take "strong action"to help protect the money of tenants and private landlords north of the border.

A national government tenancy deposit scheme has been mooted, which will ensure disputes about landlord rent are dealt with fairly and monies are returned more quickly than at present.

Mr Neil said: "We know that in many cases it is students and vulnerable tenants who are affected - and this is an absolute tragedy."

He added that this demographic is the one that can "least afford"to fall victim to rogue private landlords.

South of the border, money is placed into a deposit scheme soon after tenancy agreements are signed.

Issues to do with landlord rent will no doubt be raised during the National Landlords Association National Conference, which takes place at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham between November 20th and 21st.

Written by John Weeks

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