PROPERTY INSPECTIONS CAN HELP TENANTS AND LANDLORDS

Property inspections are a massively important part of any tenancy. Giving letting agents and landlords the chance to see how the sitting tenant is treating the property, and rectify any issues they may have, inspections are vital in making sure rented homes are habitable and comfortable. However, getting an inspection right every time is not… Continue Reading

CHANGES AHEAD FOR SCOTTISH RESIDENTIAL TENANCY LAW

A new form of Scottish residential tenancy, known as the ‘PRT’ will come affect under Scottish Government legislation on the 1st December 2017. This means that from 1 Dec 2017, you cannot issue a new short assured tenancy in Scotland. So, a few changes ahead….. No Fixed Term:There will not be a fixed minimum term… Continue Reading

WHAT IF YOU COULD BUILD THE PERFECT HOME FROM SCRATCH?

If you are thinking ‘I’d love to, but I wouldn’t know where to start’, you may be surprised to learn that people from all walks of life successfully self-build their own homes. For every ‘Grand Design’ there are hundreds of ‘Standard Designs’ that become fantastic family homes. Whether it’s a desire to create a modern,… Continue Reading

NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE YOUR PROPERTY A HEALTH CHECK

When the weather gets to the stage where you have to batten down the hatches, all you want to do is turn the heating up and get cosy under the duvet. Autumn and winter mark a real change in our lifestyle habits as we are presented with the dreaded cold weather challenges. And it’s not… Continue Reading

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR TENANT IS BREAKING THE TERMS OF TENANCY?

Every landlord dreams of an ideal tenant in their property, but even if you have done your due diligence, issues can arise. Perhaps they have let the rent payments lapse, or they got a pet after you specifically said they aren’t allowed. Or maybe they just aren’t looking after the property to a good standard.… Continue Reading

Thinking of buying your first home?

There are so many questions to ask when buying your first home. How much deposit do I need? Can I afford the payments? Let’s look at some of the most common questions. How much deposit do I need to buy a house or flat? The general rule is at least 5% to 20% of the… Continue Reading

Scottish Rental Yields Continue to Perform Better than England and Wales

Sponsored by West Property Sales and Lettings –  ACCORDING to latest numbers, rental yields in Scotland are performing better than those in the rest of Great Britain, with the average rental property returning 4.9 per cent to investors. In fact, the Buy-to-Let Index for June of this year shows that rents continue to rise across many… Continue Reading

Landlords – How can you stay on the right side of the law?

There are so many legal hoops that landlords need to jump through before even advertising for a tenant, so I understand it can feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help get you started…. If your property is mortgaged, then get consent from your provider and insurer to let the property. New landlords must… Continue Reading

HOMEOWNERS MOVING HOUSE LESS FREQUENTLY IN UK

People are moving home in the UK much less than they used to 30 years ago, which has consequences for the healthy function of the housing market, new research suggests. The reduced mobility is largely the result of missing movers, people who have a mortgage on their current home but are not moving up the… Continue Reading

FIVE TIPS FOR KEEPING TENANTS

Landlords know that it’s always better to have tenants in your property. Every time you have to source a new tenant, you will incur costs compared to having a long-term tenant – not to mention the income you will lose during void periods. If your tenants are not renewing their lease, there are some steps… Continue Reading