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Comment on Private Residential Tenancy - FAQs

Private Residential Tenancy - FAQs

Posted on Wednesday 5th of June 2019

The Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) hit its 18-month anniversary on Saturday, having come into force on 1st December 2017. With information from the Scottish Government, we've rounded up some frequently asked questions about this relatively new type of tenancy in Scotland. Can a landlord put a fixed term or end date on a PRT? No. PRTs are open-ended, with no fixed-term period and no end date. Landlords are no longer able to regain possession of their...Read More

Comment on National BBQ Week - The Burning Issues

National BBQ Week - The Burning Issues

Posted on Wednesday 29th of May 2019

Maybe someone should tell the weather but - fanfare please - it's National BBQ Week!

We thought we'd mark the occasion by looking at potential tenancy issues that can arise through the culinary art form that is the barbeque, and how to avoid these while enjoying a great outdoor feast.

If you're fortunate enough to have a garden with your rented property, then a summer barbeque (or even a...Read More

Comment on A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted on Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Do you remember those TV adverts from years ago for train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow? They featured someone on each side of the country extoling a virtue of their hometown, with the back and forth between the two building up in speed and volume... "Salt 'n' Vinegar" "Salt 'n' Sauce" "Salt 'n' Vinegar!" "Salt 'n' Sauce!" "SALT 'N' VINEGAR!" "SALT 'N' SAUCE!" ...and so on. Other variations saw Evening Times and Evening News sellers try to out-shout each other,...Read More

Comment on Tenants Complete Research Survey

Tenants Complete Research Survey

Posted on Wednesday 8th of May 2019

We're very grateful to over 320 tenants who recently responded to the survey in our latest e-newsletter. Our Tenant Research Survey was created to provide an insight into the tenant population in Scotland. We felt that this research was particularly important as tenants can't simply be characterised as a single group of people - they come from all walks of life, which was reaffirmed by some of the results within the survey. Often the tenant portrayed in the media is a millennial who is...Read More

Comment on Deductions Proposal Template - A Helpful New Tool

Deductions Proposal Template - A Helpful New Tool

Posted on Thursday 25th of April 2019

We have recently introduced a brand new tool for landlords and letting agents to use at the end of a tenancy, should they find themselves needing to make a claim on the deposit. We deal with over 3,500 tenancy disputes each year and our Proposal for deductions from the tenancy deposit template has been created to help landlords and agents set out their case for any deductions in a transparent way. The template requires the landlord or agent to properly...Read More

Comment on How to Avoid a Dispute Growing in the Garden

How to Avoid a Dispute Growing in the Garden

Posted on Thursday 18th of April 2019

Around the corner from our office the daffodils are in full bloom, and up and down the country other signs of summer are starting to pop up - the buzz of lawnmowers has reappeared, supermarkets are promoting garden furniture... So there's no time like the present to revisit one of the areas of certain tenancies that can cause disagreement, and to look at how such disputes can be avoided. We are of course talking about gardening. A garden is a lovely asset...Read More