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Vacant Premises and Landlord Portal



Vacant Premises and Changes to the law

The Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013, provides for water and sewerage suppliers to be notified when there is a change of occupancy at a premise or where the property becomes vacant.
As of 1st January 2017, this means that, as an owner of a commercial property, you must keep us up-to-date regarding certain details of each of your properties, or you become jointly and severally liable for any charges that may fall due.
The Scottish Landlord Portal is a convenient service that allows commercial property owners, property associations, landlords, managing agent, or councils (i.e. owners, or anyone acting on their behalf) to record all of your properties, and enter details about each property such as tenants and billing responsibilities (e.g. customer names). It will also allow you to quickly and easily keep us informed if and when things change (such as changes in tenancy, or when the place becomes vacant).

I am a property manager of a commercial property

From January 2017, if you are the owner of a commercial property, you will be required to keep your supplier informed of the occupancy details of each of your premises, or you become jointly and severally liable for charges that may fall due.
The Scottish Landlord Portal allows property owners, property associations, landlords, managing agent, or councils (i.e. owners, or anyone acting on their behalf) to record the properties they manage and enter and update details about each property when things change. This information will then automatically be available to their supplier. For more information on the Portal, please visit https://slp.cmascotland.co.uk/

I am a commercial property owner - do I have extra responsibilities?

Yes. As of 1st January 2017, as an owner of a commercial property, you must keep your supplier up-to-date regarding the occupancy / vacancy status of each of your properties, or you become jointly and severally liable for any charges that may fall due.
The Scottish Landlord Portal allows property owners, property associations, landlords, managing agent, or councils (i.e. owners, or anyone acting on their behalf) to record the property, tenants and billing responsibilities (e.g. customer names) for each of your properties, and keep your supplier informed of their status. Please visit https://slp.cmascotland.co.uk/

When will Owners of Vacant Properties be Charged?

Owners of vacant properties will become liable for water, sewerage and drainage charges from 1 April 2017.

Why are Owners of Vacant Properties to be Charged?

Whilst vacant properties may not be in active use to produce goods and to deliver services, owners of these properties still benefit by being able to rely on the continued availability of services provided by Scottish Water. There is a reliance, in particular, on drainage services to ensure that rainwater from roofs and car parks continues to be drained so that properties are not flooded. Subsequent occupation of these premises is also dependent on the premises being fully serviced - that is - with access to services such as water and sewerage. The costs associated with maintaining services to these properties currently falls to other non-household customers.

Where do I register my properties?

Follow the link https://slp.cmascotland.co.uk/