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

Ask SafeDeposits: Should I have a pet clause in my tenancy agreement?

Posted on Friday 23rd of June 2017

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 Ask SafeDeposits: what is fair wear and tear?

Ask SafeDeposits: what is fair wear and tear?

Posted on Thursday 29th of June 2017

Fair wear and tear Some landlords believe that a property should be returned to them in exactly the same condition as at the start of the tenancy. However, the law recognises that change will happen in a property over time which falls short of intentional damage or neglect. This is referred to as "fair wear and tear". It has been defined by the House of Lords as "reasonable use of the premises by the tenant and the ordinary operation of natural forces". For...Read More

Comment on Grab your broomstick, Primark's Harry Potter homeware range has arrived

Grab your broomstick, Primark's Harry Potter homeware range has arrived

Posted on Friday 1st of September 2017

While we might not be setting off from Platform 9¾ today (we assume our Hogwarts letter has been lost in the post again…), September 1st does mean a new term at a muggle college or university is just around the corner for students across Scotland. For every student who wishes they were moving into a Hogwarts dormitory instead of a new student flat, we've rounded up the best bits from Primark's new Harry Potter homeware range. Hogwarts letter cushion,...Read More

Comment on Read this if you rent your home and paid a deposit

Read this if you rent your home and paid a deposit

Posted on Thursday 7th of September 2017

Found the perfect student flat for you and your friends? You've probably been asked to pay a deposit. Your landlord or letting agent must pay your money into a tenancy deposit scheme to keep it safe. This is the law in Scotland. You should receive confirmation your deposit is protected from your landlord or letting agency and the scheme. Check your tenancy agreement to find out exactly why your landlord may want to deduct money from your deposit after you move out....Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Should I tell my landlord if I'm going on holiday?

Ask SafeDeposits: Should I tell my landlord if I'm going on holiday?

Posted on Wednesday 29th of November 2017

With Christmas quickly approaching, a lot of tenants will be planning to pack up and go on holiday - whether it's to stay with family or friends, or to head abroad for some winter sunshine - but do you have to tell your landlord or letting agent if you're leaving your home empty? Your tenancy agreement should have a clause which explains your responsibilities if you leave the property empty. For example, your tenancy agreement might say that you need to tell your landlord...Read More

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Inventory best practices

Posted on Wednesday 29th of November 2017

A comprehensive inventory carried out at the start of each tenancy can avoid numerous problems when it comes to the tenant moving out. By recording the property accurately - including any existing damages and giving the tenant(s) the opportunity to review the inventory and make any amendments - all parties should have a clear understanding of how the property should be returned at the end of the tenancy. Below are 10 top tips from Pinstripe Inventories for creating a comprehensive...Read More