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Change to EPC proposals announced

Written by Home Lettings: 04 November, 2021

The Scottish Government has announced updated proposals for introducing a minimum EPC standard in the private rented sector (PRS). Previous proposals to require a standard of D from 2022 will now not be taken forward in recognition of the significant impact on the sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead,…

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Investing in Edinburgh Property Market

Written by Home Lettings: 04 November, 2021

Edinburgh has had a strong history of growing exponentially in the last few years, however, the rise in house prices has left many people dumbfounded. Officials have recorded a staggering 8% increase in property prices since 2017, with many of the city’s localities showing a 10% increase. Therefore, it has…

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Four biggest mistakes a landlord could make when renovating the bathrooms in their investment property

Written by Home Lettings: 26 June, 2021

What are the four biggest mistakes that a landlord could make when renovating the bathrooms in their investment property? NOT PREPARING A DESIGN BRIEF We don’t need a  design brief for a bathroom reno, it's simple all we need is a bath, shower, wash hand basin, w.c, and tiles.  WRONG! …

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January 2021 lockdown guidance for moving house

Written by Home Lettings: 05 January, 2021

Looking to move house, under the latest restrictions the government has said: You can leave home "for activities in connection with moving home (including viewing a property), or for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise…

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Update on minimum EPC requirement

Written by Home Lettings: 31 December, 2020

The Scottish Government has advised SAL that it plans to have minimum EPC regulations (which were postponed due to covid) re-laid before parliament in the spring to come into force on 1 April 2021. The regulations will be amended to remove the “E” standard and require private rented sector…

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Covid - 19 Restrictions - Moving Home

Written by Home Lettings: 21 December, 2020

Covid-19 restrictions With recent changes to the Covid-19 local protection levels for many areas and most of Scotland moving to Level 4 from Boxing Day, the Scottish Government guidance for landlords and letting agents are as follows: Offices – businesses can remain open but working from home should be the…

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COVID 19 - Keeping you safe moving home

Written by Home Lettings: 24 August, 2020

Where you are moving to or from a rented property the local authority, housing association, letting agent or landlord will be able to give you advice. Specific advice in relation to renting is set out below but the following still applies. This guidance contains advice to ensure that moving home in…

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Court Rules - Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory

Written by Home Lettings: 25 July, 2020

In the first court case of its kind, a judge has ruled that a letting agent unlawfully discriminated against a single mother by refusing to consider a tenancy application from her because she was in receipt of benefit. The judge concluded that “the defendant’s former policy of rejecting tenancy applications…

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Vital referencing check on prospective tenants

Written by Home Lettings: 16 October, 2019

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) publishes details of all the cases it deals with including actions to evict tenants and recover sums owed from tenants for rent arrears or damages. It is vital that landlords and letting agents check this database as part of the background…

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