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Comment on How do I check and agree to an inventory?

How do I check and agree to an inventory?

Posted on Wednesday 4th of July 2018

When you move in to a new home, make sure there's a detailed inventory which you agree with. If something is already broken or dirty when you move in but it isn't written on the inventory, you could end up having to pay for it when you move out. What is an inventory? An inventory is a list of everything in the property when you move in (for example, furniture, décor, fixtures and fitting, etc.) and the condition they're in (for example, 'brand new, never...Read More

Comment on I'm a tenant, what is the First Tier Tribunal?

I'm a tenant, what is the First Tier Tribunal?

Posted on Friday 15th of June 2018

On 1 December 2017 new legislation came into force. This means now tenants should now go to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) if landlords or letting agents do not protect their deposits. Previously tenants had to raise a 'summary application' in the Sheriff court against their landlord if they had not protected their deposit. There are no fees involved in taking a case to the First Tier Tribunal. Unprotected deposits Your landlord has to...Read More

Comment on Making alterations to a property as a tenant

Making alterations to a property as a tenant

Posted on Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Many landlords don't allow any permanent changes to be made to their property. If you have an established and trusting relationship with your landlord they may be happy for you to make alterations. You will have to reach an agreement before thinking of doing anything - if you don't you may lose out on your deposit at the end of the tenancy. Any agreement reached should be put in writing so there is no room for disagreement at the end of the tenancy. If it's a phone call...Read More

Comment on Should I have a pet clause in my tenancy agreement?

Should I have a pet clause in my tenancy agreement?

Posted on Thursday 5th of April 2018

Why should I let to a tenant with a pet? The choice to allow a pet to live in your property is entirely up to you, but with almost 12 million households in the UK owning a pet, many landlords and letting agents are increasingly letting to tenants with pets to tap into this growing part of the private rented sector and grow their business. As the demand for pet-friendly properties still outstrips supply, tenants who find a landlord who will welcome their furry friend will often stay in...Read More

Comment on 6 of the biggest mistakes student renters make

6 of the biggest mistakes student renters make

Posted on Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Moving in with too many people Flat sharing is a big part of being at uni. You can have a lot of fun living with friends, however, it's not always a case of the more the merrier. We all have friends that we love dearly but wouldn't trust to run a bath. Some people come best in small doses - a fun friend is not necessarily a good flatmate! Before you start looking for a flat consider which of your friends you'd like to live with and why. It might feel harsh to let...Read More

Comment on We dig deeper into unclaimed deposits

We dig deeper into unclaimed deposits

Posted on Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

Most tenants claim their deposits back after they move out, but, as hard as it is to believe, a surprising number don't. We decided to dig deeper into our figures and have discovered that renters in some cities are more forgetful than others. The top five cities in Scotland for unclaimed deposits are: Edinburgh City: 919 deposits, worth £219,559.34 Glasgow City: 417 deposits, worth £113,422.99 Aberdeen City: 246 deposits, worth £73,023.66 Fife: 245 deposits, worth...Read More

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