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Five Common Communication Mistakes

Posted on Tuesday 12th of July 2016

In this edition of our 'Five Common… Mistakes' blog series, we're talking about communication mistakes landlords, letting agents and tenants often make: 1. Not updating the check-in report When you move in, you should immediately inspect the condition and cleanliness of the property and update your check-in report if anything is damaged, worn out or dirty. In the excitement of moving in, a scuff on the wall or grubby bath seal might not seem important, but, if...Read More

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Avoiding common inventory pitfalls

Posted on Wednesday 10th of August 2016

The recent “Five Common... Mistakes” blog series concerning inventories, photo evidence and communication highlight a range of important issues for landlords and letting agents. Moray Watson, the Business Development Consultant for iSurvey Property Inspector for Scotland, has advice on how to produce your inventories and other reports while avoiding these common pitfalls: Issue 1: An unclear inventory Unclear reports don't provide a fair reference point for tenants and...Read More

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Five Common Invoice or Quote Mistakes

Posted on Monday 22nd of August 2016

In this edition of our 'Five Common… Mistakes' blog series, we're talking about common mistakes when submitting an invoice or quote as evidence: 1. Essential details missing An invoice or quote is necessary to substantiate the amount claimed for, but it's important that essential details, including the date and address of the property, are included. If an invoice or quote is missing this information, it could be argued that it may be for another property or...Read More

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Deposits in Scotland magazine

Posted on Friday 3rd of February 2017

We're delighted to announce our new magazine, Deposits in Scotland, which we have created to highlight the issues and developments affecting the private rented sector. The magazine includes: An update on recent sanctions for non-compliance, including the landmark case which saw the first letting agency convicted; We have also crunched our figures to give you an insight into the latest repayment and dispute trends; Expect advice from respected agents Adrian Sangster of...Read More

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Citylets market update

Posted on Tuesday 7th of February 2017

2016 was rather less than dull in the geo-political sphere. Brexit in June. Trump elected US President in November. Yet despite all the turmoil, the Scottish PRS has in general followed a very set path throughout. The national rate of growth of the Scottish PRS has remained around 2% at each quarter throughout 2016. This has been determined by set trajectories within the country's main residential letting markets. Indeed, the latest Scottish Household Survey (2015) also confirms...Read More

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Ask SafeDeposits: Do I need to protect my tenant's deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme?

Posted on Friday 26th of May 2017

Why should I protect my tenant's deposit? If you're a landlord in Scotland and take a deposit from your tenant, you must: Transfer the deposit to a government approved tenancy deposit scheme; Provide the tenant with particular key information. The deposit must be transferred, and the key information provided to all tenants on the tenancy agreement, within 30 working days of the tenancy start date. This is required under the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations...Read More