With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which provided the data, has announced that it is to offer landlords in the local area free training into managing tenancy deposits and disputes.
The deposit protection provider found that the average amount that tenants and landlords in the Scottish capital disagreed over deductions to the deposit at the end of a tenancy was £351 and that disputes in the city accounted for almost one in five - 18.93% - of all tenancy disputes north of the border.
The most common reason for the tenancy deposit disputes was attributed to cleaning, which was cited in 70% of cases within the EH postcodes.
SafeDeposits Scotland 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 the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) at 125 Princes Street with a choice of sessions on both 3 and 4 October.
“These courses will help landlords and agents in Edinburgh better understand the principles of adjudication and in turn help them to protect their investments,” said Paula Guthrie, adjudication account manager at SafeDeposits Scotland.
“Some landlords and letting agents make errors at the beginning of tenancies which can cause problems at the end of the lease agreement,” she added.