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Tuesday, 21st June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants, according to a UK landlord association.

Abandonment occurs when a tenant moves out of a property before the tenancy has ended, without informing their landlord.

Statistics from the National Landlord Assocation suggest that this problem has occurred to 48% of Scottish Landlords, more than the average UK wide figure of 36%.

Landlords in the North East of England have had property abandoned more than anywhere else across the UK, with almost 6 in 10 (58%) having experienced the problem. Just over half (51%) of landlords in the North have also experienced abandonment.

At the other end of the scale, 3 in 10 (31%) of landlords in the South West of England said they have had a property abandoned before - the lowest proportion across the UK - with a third (33%) of London landlords having to deal with the problem.

The NLA stated many people will be shocked by just how common the problem is, they further commented that the process of recovering an abandoned property is too long, frustrating, and costly for landlords at the moment.


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