Category: Landlords

Changes to the Repairing Standard Guidance

Written byHome Sales & Lettings: 08 February, 2024

Changes to the Repairing Standard Guidance In March 2024, Scotland is gearing up to introduce a revamped set of regulations that will directly impact private landlords across the board. The repairing standard, which outlines landlords' obligations in maintaining their properties, is undergoing significant changes. The goal is clear: to bolster…

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Let's take a brief look at the eventful year in Edinburgh's rental market during 2023...

Written byHome Sales & Lettings: 08 December, 2023

Shifting Dynamics and Rising Demand Edinburgh's rental landscape witnessed notable changes throughout 2023. The demand for rental properties remained robust, buoyed by factors such as population growth, an influx of students, and professionals seeking opportunities across various sectors. The city's allure, from its renowned festivals to its flourishing job market,…

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Four biggest mistakes a landlord could make when renovating the bathrooms in their investment property

Written bylianne: 26 November, 2023

What are the four biggest mistakes that a landlord could make when renovating the bathrooms in their investment property? NOT PREPARING A DESIGN BRIEF We don’t need a  design brief for a bathroom reno, it's simple all we need is a bath, shower, wash hand basin, w.c, and tiles.  WRONG! …

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Change to EPC proposals announced

Written bylianne: 04 November, 2021

The Scottish Government has announced updated proposals for introducing a minimum EPC standard in the private rented sector (PRS). Previous proposals to require a standard of D from 2022 will now not be taken forward in recognition of the significant impact on the sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead,…

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Investing in Edinburgh Property Market

Written bylianne: 04 November, 2021

Edinburgh has had a strong history of growing exponentially in the last few years, however, the rise in house prices has left many people dumbfounded. Officials have recorded a staggering 8% increase in property prices since 2017, with many of the city’s localities showing a 10% increase. Therefore, it has…

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January 2021 lockdown guidance for moving house

Written bylianne: 05 January, 2021

Looking to move house, under the latest restrictions the government has said: You can leave home "for activities in connection with moving home (including viewing a property), or for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise…

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Update on minimum EPC requirement

Written bylianne: 31 December, 2020

The Scottish Government has advised SAL that it plans to have minimum EPC regulations (which were postponed due to covid) re-laid before parliament in the spring to come into force on 1 April 2021. The regulations will be amended to remove the “E” standard and require private rented sector…

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Covid - 19 Restrictions - Moving Home

Written bylianne: 21 December, 2020

Covid-19 restrictions With recent changes to the Covid-19 local protection levels for many areas and most of Scotland moving to Level 4 from Boxing Day, the Scottish Government guidance for landlords and letting agents are as follows: Offices – businesses can remain open but working from home should be the…

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COVID 19 - Keeping you safe moving home

Written bylianne: 24 August, 2020

Where you are moving to or from a rented property the local authority, housing association, letting agent or landlord will be able to give you advice. Specific advice in relation to renting is set out below but the following still applies. This guidance contains advice to ensure that moving home in…

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Court Rules - Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory

Written bylianne: 25 July, 2020

In the first court case of its kind, a judge has ruled that a letting agent unlawfully discriminated against a single mother by refusing to consider a tenancy application from her because she was in receipt of benefit. The judge concluded that “the defendant’s former policy of rejecting tenancy applications…

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