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Tips from our Letting agents – Understanding betterment
Wear and tear is part and parcel of tenancies and something that every landlord expects. By understanding betterment and apportionment landlords are better placed to avoid end of tenancy disagreements and can better manage the cost of maintenance. As we approach Spring many tenancies come to their natural end so we would like to help […]
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We’ve Been Making Connections for our Landlord Services & Meeting the Neighbours
Last Wednesday night our office on Gibson Street was exceptionally busy, and our new neighbours popped in too! It’s unusual for the Cairn office to be so busy after hours but we were hosting a contractors evening. This is an opportunity for local contractors to meet with us and let us know about the services […]
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Changes to Scottish Repairing Standard statutory regulations
Over the next two years, beginning on December 1st this year, new mandatory electrical checks come into force for all privately rented properties. New regulations from the Scottish Government mean that all electrical items in a rented property must be either Electrical Installation Condition Report or Portable Appliance Tested. It will be the landlord’s responsibility […]
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How to invest in property for your children, and pay no Capital Gains Tax
If you are interested in buying property for your child, but are concerned about the expense, there are ways to reduce costs. There is an opportunity to invest your money through a trust, rather than buying privately, which means you won’t be charged Capital Gains Tax when the property is sold. Legislation around CGT has undergone […]
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Working From Home: What Should You Know?
Businesses seeking to reduce overheads and flexible working mean more staff are choosing to work some or all of their week from home. Combined with rising self employment the number of people working from home has risen considerably in recent years. The advantages of home working, both for businesses and sole traders are evident. Home […]
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General Election Ahead – Key Housing Policies Explained
With the general election less than one hundred days away, MP’s proposals to tackle the housing crisis in the UK will be a key area of debate. Part of their proposals will be what they plan to do to build more homes, which will of course mean more properties available on the market. The main parties […]
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How to invest in property – Early Bird Gets The Worm: With a referendum looming and changes to tax is it better to move quickly in 2015, or wait?
Early 2015 reports suggest a flurry of activity in the property market. The wet and dark days of January traditionally mean slower results in the property market. So, while it remains to be seen whether this flurry of buyers will sustain, it is possible these early birds could be benefiting by buying earlier in the […]
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How will changes to Stamp Duty affect your Property investment?
If you have an interest in the property market you will be aware that from early next year the Scottish Parliament’s first new tax will come into play. From April 1st, 2015, for the first time, Scotland will have a different rate of taxation from the rest of the UK.  While England, Northern Ireland and […]
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Living In Dundee
At Cairn we know that the market is such just now that it would be madness to make a decision as big as buying or investing in a property without doing a little research first of all. Previously we’ve created blog posts about living in Glasgow and about living in Edinburgh. Although reading this post […]
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