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Determining the open market rent rate

Written byHome Sales & Lettings: 08 March, 2024

Determining the open market rent rate An illustrative rent increase calculator is available to help landlords and tenants understand what the rent may be set at if a rent adjudication application is made, based on the proposed changes from 1 April. Please note that the figures produced by the calculator…

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Cost of Living and Rent Eviction March 24

Written byHome Sales & Lettings: 08 March, 2024

Rent adjudication From 1 April 2024 onwards, subject to parliamentary approval, the process for rent adjudication will temporarily be modified for one year. This temporary change will provide protection for tenants whose rents may rise steeply if they were to return back to market rents in one step, once the…

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Revisions to the Repairing Standard Rules in Scotland

Written byHome Sales & Lettings: 08 December, 2023

Updates to the Repairing Standard rules in Scotland bring forth a new directive regarding lead assessment in private rental properties. Revisions to the Repairing Standard Effective from March 1st, 2024, adjustments to the Repairing Standard mandate landlords to ensure that the water supply in their privately rented dwellings is devoid…

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“No DSS” policies - private landlords

Written bylianne: 14 May, 2019

In recent times there has been more awareness and recognition that landlords, lenders and insurers who have blanket policies of not accepting tenants in receipt of social security benefits could be acting unlawfully. This is because such a rule may discriminate against people with disabilities or members of other groups…

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Guidelines for Tenants re reduction of risk of Legionnaire’s disease:

Written bylianne: 15 February, 2018

What is legionella and Legionnaires’ disease? - Legionella are bacteria that are common in natural (rivers and lakes etc) and artificial water systems, eg hot and cold water systems (storage tanks, pipework, taps and showers). We usually associate legionella with larger water systems, eg in factories, hotels, hospitals and museums,…

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Airbnb plans to impose 90-day restriction on lets in Edinburgh

Written bylianne: 15 February, 2018

Short term letting company Airbnb is planning to restrict Edinburgh landlords using its platform from renting out flats for longer than 90 days a year as part of a series of proposals which aim to find a balance between serving tourists and residents in the Scottish capital. Setting out recommendations to an…

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Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in Scotland

Written bylianne: 15 December, 2017

Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in Scotland PRT was created by the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act, the main provisions of which will also come into force on 1 December 2017. These include limiting rent increases to only one per year with three months' notice, giving local authorities the ability…

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Mould - The Basics

Written bylettings: 19 December, 2014

Condensation The key to managing condensation and mould in your home is about getting the right balance between moisture in the air and heating and ventilating your home so that you can keep condensation to a minimum. Changes in temperature, lots of moisture and no ventilation will cause more condensation…

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