Review of Landlord Registration in Scotland

23rd March 2018

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on proposed changes to landlord registration in Scotland.  The changes relate to the fee structure, and to expansion of the information required of landlords seeking registration.   According to the government “the proposals...

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Letting Agent Regulation - What will it really mean for landlords?

10th February 2018

The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations came into force at the end of January.  The code can be viewed here. So all agents in Scotland should now be adhering to the prescribed code of practice, but landlords should still be...

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Time to give pets a welcome in your rented property?

15th January 2018

We have a potential tenant at the moment who is desperate to secure a tenancy of a property where the landlord is willing to accommodate his dog – a mini poodle.  So far, we've been unable to help him. Most of...

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Looking to Invest in the Inverness Rental Market?

9th November 2017

We're often asked by would-be investors what sort of property they should buy and which areas of Inverness are best.  Here are a few of our thoughts. One bedroomed flats are usually snapped up quickly and two bedrooms, which suit couples...

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The New Private Residential Tenancy - How Will It Affect Tenants and Letting Agents?

10th October 2017

Our recent blogs have looked the new Private Residential Tenancy, due to come into effect on 1 December, and its likely impact on landlords. In this blog we look at the likely effect on tenants and letting agents.    How will it affect...

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Implications For Landlords of the New Private Residential Tenancy.

3rd October 2017

Our previous blog covered the key points of the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT), due to come into effect in December 2017.  In this blog we take a look at how the new tenancy will affect landlords, as well as some potential pitfalls....

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Renting in Scotland Is About To Change Fundamentally

18th September 2017

The new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) will change fundamentally the balance between landlord and tenant in Scotland.  It will come into effect on 1 December 2017.  Introduced under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, the new tenancy will replace the widely used Short...

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Is Your Letting Agent Regulated?  Does it Matter?

14th July 2017

Every few weeks a story hits the press of a letting agent going bust and clients losing significant sums of money.  Occasionally, a criminally inclined agent will blatantly pocket money which belongs to landlords or tenants.  Thankfully such occurrences are rare,...

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How Will Energy Efficiency Requirements Impact on Letting Your Property?

6th June 2017

The Scottish Government’s currently running a consultation on minimum energy efficiency ratings for let property.  At worst, this could remove some properties from the rental market entirely.  While Simply Let endorses the broad aim of reducing carbon consumption and...

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This week’s taxation changes may make landlords worse off - What can you do to limit the damage?

3rd April 2017

One of the most controversial landlord taxation changes in recent times - the changes to treatment of mortgage interest and finance costs – is due to kick in this Thursday.  Residential landlords have always been able to deduct the cost of interest...

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