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 …

MAJOR Changes in Private Rented Sector in Scotland – Private Residential Tenancy (PRT)

Landlord or tenant, you might have heard in the news or online about recent changes in legislation covering tenancies offered in Scotland. It can be difficult to decode that legal jargon. We’ve broken it down to make clear what you need to know and how these changes will affect you. Please be aware this change in tenancies coupled with the new Letting Agent Code of Practice will be the biggest change in our industry since 1988. What is this new act? The Private Housing (Tenancies) Scotland Act. It is replacing the current short assured tenancy agreements with a “Private Residential …

Pros and Cons of Buying Tenanted Properties

The UK is experiencing an upsurge in the sale and purchase of tenanted properties but is the trend just a fad or a viable option for property investors? A tenanted property is one sold with tenants currently living there. The removal of tax relief for buy to let finance costs has led some landlords to consider this option to avoid disruption for all parties. However, this option requires due care and consideration. There are several pros and cons it is essential you consider as an investor before making your move. What are the pros of buying a tenanted property? A …

Press Release – Property Investment and Estate Agency Eyes Growth In Uncertain Times

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Glasgow, United Kingdom – It is no secret that the UK’s resilient property market is still able to support plenty of property investment and estate agent firms. Despite the economic woes of Britain’s turbulent economy in recent years, people are still investing their money in bricks and mortar. The property sector is growing at an exponential rate, and investors are keen to capitalise on that fact. One Scottish firm, Cairn Estate and Letting Agency, believes that market growth will continue despite uncertain times, especially with issues like Brexit to contend with. Why Cairn is eyeing growth in …