Cairn’s Support for Glasgow NE Food Bank

While chocolate advent calendars, indulgent food, drink, and plenty of presents are part of Christmas for some, this is not the case for everyone. In fact, 1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line and Christmas is a tougher time than most for many people and families. What we’re doing and how you can help To do our bit to combat this, this festive period Cairn are launching a ‘reverse advent calendar’ for the 12 days running up to Christmas. We would like you to bring us your donations for Glasgow North East Food Bank and …

Guiding You Through The Changes to the Private Rented Sector

Recently we made you aware of the changes in legislation to the private rented sector in Scotland. This Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) coupled with the new Letting Agent Code of Practice is the most significant change in our industry since 1988. This important legislation will take some getting used to for both property owners and tenants. However, Cairn are on hand to help guide you through the maze of new regulations facing the industry. The property management world contains a lot of legal jargon to decode, especially with this significant change to property law, which affects some long-standing legalities for …

What’s Going On In Glasgow in the 2017 Festive Season?

There are a plethora of things happening during the festivities in Glasgow. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best to help you get started – hopefully, we’ll see some of you there 😉 Christmas Markets From 9th November – 29th December the annual St. Enoch Christmas markets will descend on Glasgow bringing loads of festive food, drinks and quirky gifts throughout the season for you to enjoy. The tasty treats and perfect presents are a joy to behold for everyone young or old while you do your Christmas shopping. Christmas Light Switch On You know the festive season …

Student Fire Safety in Student Accommodation

Moving away from home is exciting but remember, your parents probably did more for you than you realise. Concern for health and safety in the home is sure to be one of these things, especially fire safety. There’s some essential information you need to make sure you protect yourself and your belongings when you move in. Get your landlord right When looking to rent your own property, be mindful of your landlord’s responsibilities for your health and safety: Your landlord must ensure gas appliances are installed and maintained annually by a registered plumber. Wiring and electrical appliances must be safe …

How To Spot A Good Letting Agent – For Tenants and Landlords

When you are looking to rent out your own property or sign a lease for one it can a very overwhelming process. With so many letting agents in the market, how do you know who to go with and who to avoid? Personal recommendations and the internet can help, but here are some things to look for yourself to make sure you or your property are in safe hands. Do you recognise their brand? A well-known letting agent that comes highly recommended is always a good place to start. Start with those with offices nearby who have first-hand knowledge of …

Glasgow’s Halloween Happenings 2017

You may already be seeing Christmas cards and decorations in your local shops, but first thing’s first – Halloween. Perhaps only a mildly scarier prospect than the impending festivities. Glasgow rarely fails to disappoint with its vast and varied array of ways to celebrate the spookiest night of the year no matter what your interests. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best fright night spooktaculars for you and your monster mates – sorry, we went there. Fright Movie Night Drive in movies need not be the reserve of nostalgic 80s movies or sophisticated film festivals. This year, the Riverside …

So You Want to Buy Property in the West End of Glasgow?

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The West End of Glasgow has been famed for years as one of the most desirable residential areas in the city, if not the country. This reputation shows no signs of dulling any time soon. 2017 has seen the West End property market exhibit an ongoing strength in demand across almost all property types. Offers will be between 10%-15% above the Home Report valuation, closing dates are common and sales are fast and furious. Earlier this year, fellow estate agents Savills recently reported that prices in this area will increase by almost 19% over the next five years. By way …

Scotland’s Top Schools Drive Up House Prices

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The quality of state schools in certain areas of the country has long been admired. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that these schools play a huge role in driving up the house prices of their immediate surrounding residential areas. Large numbers of parents are now choosing to spend their hard-earned salaries on a home that will ensure their children can attend a top performing comprehensive school, rather than choosing to opt for a fee paying private education, despite the fact they may have much greater choice of property types and location. A recent Bank of Scotland report concludes that mums …

Major Changes To Legislation Prompt Hasty Re-Training For Letting Agents In Scotland

Mandatory Letting Agent Training From early 2018, all letting agents must register with the Scottish Government and the most senior employee of the agency (or in each office, if there are multiple branches of a letting agent) must have undergone 20 hours training on the legalities and practicalities of property management. It was originally proposed training had to be undertaken within three years of applying for registration. However, that was changed in later proposals to require agents to hold a qualification when they first register in 2018. It is proposed that the qualification be at Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) …

Calls for Scottish Property Tax Reforms May Have Been Heard

In 2015 the Scottish Government introduced the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), new tax brackets implemented in a bid to save homebuyers thousands of pounds and help get them on the property ladder. Introduced in 2015, LBTT was the first domestic tax charged in Scotland in more than 300 years, since the Act of Union, a response to powers over stamp duty becoming devolved. The Scottish government hailed LBTT as a “more progressive” replacement to stamp duty that would benefit the “vast majority” of buyers. However, since its introduction, industry experts have criticised the tax charge claiming it has …