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Cairn’s Estate Agent tips for selling your house
The arrival of Easter marks the unofficial start of the property year and gets the market moving. If you are keen to put your property on the market this year now is the time to look at your property with a fresh pair of eyes. Chances are a spring clean is in order. First impressions […]
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New legislation: Landlords required to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced new measures in March to protect tenants. Regulations for landlords in England were to be brought into line with building regulations for new builds in the UK, and will require the installation of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. Landlords will be required to install smoke alarms […]
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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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Student accommodation: Why Cairn are HMO licensing specialists
The term HMO is used frequently in the property investment market. As experts on HMO development we want to explain what HMO is, and understand why such a highly regulated sector continues to be popular for investors. Since 2000 in Scotland HMO properties have required an HMO license, which the landlord is responsible for gaining […]
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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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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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Landlord Legislation
Thinking of becoming a landlord? It’s perhaps not as straight forward to you as first thought. Do you know just how much you’d be responsible for? Deciding whether or not to take the plunge into becoming a landlord isn’t a decision you should take lightly. With this in mind, we’ve created this blog post on […]
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