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Tuesday, 27 February 2024

there are some upcoming changes to The Repairing Standard which take effect from 1st March 2024. If you ned help with these just give us a call. Lead Pipework   The guidance states that landlords are now obligated to ensure that the water supply in private rented properties are free of lead pipes, lead lined storage tanks and fittings from the boundary stopcock to the kitchen tap. The use of lead pipes was banned in 1969 so there should be... read more


Cost of living crisis legislation is extended again

Monday, 5 June 2023

The Scottish Government has announced that subject to the approval of parliament, it will extend the provisions of the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 to 31 March 2024. This is the legislation which introduced a cap of 3% on most rent increases and a delay of 6 months on the enforcement of most eviction orders granted by the tribunal. This is the final extension permitted by the 2022 Act.   There are no plans to change... read more


Cost of living (Tenant protection ) Scotland) Act 2022

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

The most significant legislation to impact our industry last year and going forwards is “The cost of living Act 2022” and below I give a brief outline of how this will affect your properties. Please get in touch to discuss further as this legislation only applies to PRT (private residential tenancy) contracts and older SAT (short assured tenancies) can have a greater flexibility on rent increases if they meet certain criteria. Cost of... read more


EPC UPDATE

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

  EPC’s are still in the spotlight with many landlords concerned about the as yet unconfirmed minimum EPC requirement date that will be enforced. Both Scotland and England are due to require a minimum of C as an EPC in the future. The Scottish government intends to introduce a requirement for PRS (private rented sector) properties to have an EPC rating of C at change of tenancy from 2025.   All PRS properties will then be required to... read more


New repairing Standard requirements

Monday, 1 May 2023

This guidance incorporates all the elements of the Repairing Standard which private landlords are required to comply with from 1 March 2024. It has been prepared early to provide private landlords with a clear understanding of what is new and expected of them from 2024. It also includes all elements where a duty already exists. The aim of the guidance is to equip private landlords with a full picture of what they should be working towards to... read more


DEPOSIT NOT LODGED, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Monday, 17 June 2019

We recently had a new client come to us for advice following a summons to the First-tier Tribunal. Amongst other Repairing standard issues the landlord had not put the tenants' deposit in the tenancy deposit scheme for over two years.   In a panic, at being summoned for a repairing standard issue, the landlord had quickly lodged the deposit to show the tribunal that they were now complying with all legislation. Their tenant who had been... read more


Enforcement of deposit regulations

Friday, 18 January 2019

Enforcement of deposit regulations 16 January 2019  There is no doubt that the First-tier Tribunal Housing & Property Chamber (FTT) taking over jurisdiction of private rented sector cases from the Sheriff Courts has led to a significant increase in landlords and tenants taking legal action against each other. One area this can be seen very clearly is in the number of cases tenants are bringing against their landlords for failing to comply... read more


Changes to the Repairing Standard

Friday, 18 January 2019

Changes to the Repairing Standard   The government announced last year that following a consultation in the spring of 2017 it would be making changes to the Repairing Standard. This is the standard of repair that all properties in the private rented sector must adhere to. The government has now laid draft legislation before parliament to introduce the following changes: From 1 March 2019 Repairing Standard amended to: – Include a... read more


8 Mistakes to avoid when renting out your home

Thursday, 23 August 2018

8 Common Mistakes To Be Aware Of When Renting Out Your Property   If you’ve got a property that you’re unsure what to do with but don’t want to sell, especially if you’ve inherited it, a great way of using it as a source of extra income can be to rent it out. If the property is located in a highly-desired area, you should be able to demand a fairly high amount of rent.   However, there are a lot of different aspects to renting out... read more


How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Quicker

Friday, 1 September 2017

If you ask someone what’s the biggest debt they have, or want to pay off, most will say it’s their mortgage. It’s something that looms over us for decades. Paying it off early would be amazing, but many feel that being mortgage free quicker is out of their grasp. However, paying it off sooner is much easier than you may think! There are lots of steps you can take towards being mortgage free before your full term, and we’ve gathered a few... read more


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