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Citylets - Legal Update: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill

The route favoured by landlords for eviction of tenants in the private rented sector, prior to the pandemic, usually involved utilising one of the mandatory grounds for eviction contained in the various acts dealing with the different types of tenancy. This route generally ensured that landlords would be on the …

Citylets - Landlords Guide to Central Heating and Boiler Maintenance

Landlords have a range of legal responsibilities that they must adhere to, particularly when it comes to central heating and boiler maintenance. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and every landlord must fully acquaint themselves with the relevant legislation. In addition to your legal responsibilities, you also have a …

SAL - Discretionary evictions made permanent

As we have reported previously, the Scottish Government has published a Coronavirus Recovery and Reform (Scotland) Bill which seeks to make permanent some of the changes introduced through emergency powers at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, namely: The requirement for the tribunal to exercise discretion when deciding whether to grant an …

Citylets - Managing the Unexpected – a Guide for Resolving Common Repairs

Every letting agent has dealt with common repairs when managing a property and these repairs are often complicated, time-consuming, involve co-ordinating lots of people and, let’s face it, are difficult to manage alongside your already high workload. So let’s take a look at how you can quickly get a handle on …

Citylets - The Expensive Ostrich Technique

Many homeowners budget for buying a place but they don’t budget nearly as well for maintaining that place. If you own a home, it’s probably your most expensive and prized asset. Yet, many seem content with watching that value chip away every day due to a lack of care. A flat in …

Citylets - Why Rent Controls Are Not the Answer

July 8, 2022 In the current economic climate, it’s probably not unreasonable for a tenant who is renting their home in the private market to think that Government controls on how much rent they should pay is a good thing: capped rents equal improved affordability. But it’s a more complex issue than …

Scottish Association of Landlords - Government “reforms” risk worsening the housing crisis

16 June 2022 CampaignsNews We have been representing member views and working with other organisations to ensure politicians are made aware of the risks within the Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill which is in front of the Scottish Parliament just now. This bill when enacted will make the current temporary situation …

Scottish Association of Landlords - Discretionary evictions made permanent

29 June 2022 News As we have reported previously, the Scottish Government has published a Coronavirus Recovery and Reform (Scotland) Bill which seeks to make permanent some of the changes introduced through emergency powers at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, namely: The requirement for the tribunal to exercise discretion when deciding whether to …

Citylets - How the Property Industry Can Stand Up to Cybercrime?

Security is an important topic for all types of business including those operating in the property sector. Here, security is traditionally associated with protecting homes from physical damage and break-ins, through increasingly sophisticated intruder alarm and home security systems. However, in our digital age, estate and letting agents are fast …

Citylets - Buy-to-Let: Is it More Attractive Furnished or Unfurnished?

When trying to attract and secure reliable tenants, is it best to present a flat as furnished or unfurnished? Both, furnished and unfurnished accommodation, play an important part in the lettings market and there are no right or wrong answers to the question. Certainly, landlords are under no legal obligation to furnish …

Citylets - The Role of BTR in Delivering ‘A New Deal For Tenants’

The Scottish Government has released their industry consultation, ‘A New Deal For Tenants’, detailing Scotland’s vision to place a stronger tenant and community focus at the forefront of the nation’s housing policy. This additional safeguarding of tenants’ rights is intended to complement the existing ‘Housing to 2040’ strategy for low cost …

Citylets - Scottish Rental Market – Where Are We Now?

The Scottish rental sector continues to experience a series of changes that started with the introduction of the Additional Dwelling Supplement and the Scottish Private Rental Tenancy (SPRT) in 2016 and 2017, and has seen subsequent changes to tax relief, the introduction of rent control legislation, and the rise of …

CityLets - Remote Work Challenges and Solutions

After a couple of turbulent years, today we can evaluate the significant changes that have taken place in the workplace. The scenarios we have lived through made employers and workers look for new digital solutions that helped them overcome the challenges posed by a global pandemic. The biggest transformation, facilitated by digitalisation, …

Citylets - Damages Claims and Evidence

There may be times when a tenant vacates a property, leaving it in a different condition than it was at commencement of the tenancy. This could be a result of wear and tear (which is to be expected), but also a failure on the part of the tenant to take …

Citylets - 5 Things to Know about Self-Factoring

In Scotland, property owners have a duty to maintain the common areas of their property (chief amongst which, the roof) and that’s not an easy task. Many shared blocks – “tenements” in legalese, whether or not they are the old-style tenements you’re thinking about – have fallen into disrepair due to …

Citylets - Repair or Not to Repair? Thoughts for Landlords with Communal Ownership Properties

Tenement repairs cover a huge range of topics, and it can be a complicated and scary subject to delve into… made more prominent by the Scottish Parliamentary’s Working Group who have submitted proposals to Parliament to have the following issues considered under law: Include tenement condition as part of improvements to …

CityLet - Questions Frequently Asked by Landlords

What are the requirements for a buy-to-let property? You’ll need a deposit of around 25%, although some lenders will consider 20%. The deposit amount is based on the valuation or the purchase price – whichever is lower. The loan amount is usually dictated by loan to value and a ‘rental stress test.’ …

SAL - Homes for Ukraine

Further information is now available on how landlords and tenants in the Scottish private rented sector can offer homes to those escaping conflict in Ukraine. Anyone interested in registering for the scheme can submit their details at https://www.gov.uk/register-interest-homes-ukraine. They will then be kept updated and provided with guidance on the checks …

SAL - Changes to model lease, rent arrears & notice templates

With the notice periods required to end a tenancy reverting to pre-covid levels on 31 March 2022, the Scottish Government has made changes to its model private residential tenancy (PRT) and other documents, to reflect these changes. The changes to the model lease are highlighted in the lease template here. Members remember …

Citylets - Coronavirus and Beyond

On 29 March 2022 the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Early Expiry of Provisions) Regulations 2022 became law and the following day, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry dates) Regulations came into force. The combination of these 2 pieces of legislation was to end some of the emergency Coronavirus provisions, but …

Citylets - Loft or Garage Conversion: Which One Adds More Value?

If you have a rental property, it makes good financial sense to maximise the potential of the asset. One of the best ways to add value and increase your rental yield is by improving the property. Loft and garage conversions are prime contenders, but which one is your best option? Should …

Citylets - Tenancy Deposit Tips in a Time of Crisis

Challenging times Each year the first day of April sees news outlets and companies gently tease their readers and social media followers with outlandish stories designed to generate first gasps of surprise and then chuckles as the realisation that it is April Fool’s Day sets in. There wasn’t a huge amount …

Citylets News - New Impetus for the Scottish BTR Sector

The Scottish Build to Rent (BTR) sector is continuing to grow. Its membership organisation, the UK Apartments Association (UKAA), has just launched in Scotland, chaired by Gillian McLees, Director of BTR at Rettie & Co. The UKAA has been working on setting up groups across the UK, with a view to helping …

Citylets Quarterly Report - Q1 2022

Double digit annual growth in Scotland’s main cities pushed the average property to rent in Scotland up 8.5% over Q1 2022. Despite the continued cost of living pressures, uncertainty in the wider economy and the outbreak of war on European soil, demand continued to outstrip supply in most locations keeping …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 13th January 2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR!! A New Deal for Tenants, hardship grants, tax digital and Terms of business.

Cheers to more shared successes in the new year! Wishing you and yours some well-deserved downtime and a very happy new year to come. Cheers to health, happiness, and prosperity in 2022! Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! Dear all, I hope that you had a lovely time over …

Re: Landlord Email 16th December 2021 - omicron update, Scottish Budget, Short Term let legislation - Christmas opening hours.

Dear all, I am sure we have all felt ‘deepooperit’ and ‘dumfungled’: old Sottish dialect for being mentally and physically worn out this year and the latest variant news may not be helping with the festive cheer, but New Year is approaching and I am going to start it with a …

Re: Greenenergyadvisory.uk

Dear all, We have been speaking with John Dickson from Green Energy Advisors as there is funding available for improvements to the energy efficiency of properties. You can find details of the energy performance certificate of your property at https://www.scottishepcregister.org.uk/CustomerFacingPortal/TermsAndConditions Green Energy Advisory works with Local authorities, social housing providers, charities and private landlords …

Re: Landlord email 2nd December 2021 smoke alarms, grants, right to reside, potential Christmas times

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. Oliver Herford What freezings I have felt, what dark days seen,What old December’s bareness everywhere! William …

Re: Landlord email 25th November 2021 coronavirus 2020, code of practice, tenants email, fix flow and terms of business

Dear all, From the subject header you may think this is a mammoth email, but don't worry, it's not. Although we may need information from you if you have a maintenance contract or a preferred contractor. At the start of the pandemic the Scottish government introduced the emergency coronavirus 2020 legislation which has …

Tenants Email - Financial assistance, condensation, refuse collection and communication procedure

Dear all, Hope that you are well, following on from our email about boiler pressure , our managing director,  Colin Macmillan, felt that sending information about how to avoid condensation would be appropriate at this time, as well as a reminder of the bank details and as Christine is leaving Glasgow …

Re: Landlord email 18th November 2021 - pandemic research, support schemes, communication procedure and home care agreements

Thu Nov 18th, 2021 is Occult Day, Housing Day, Beaujolais Nouveau Day, Mickey Mouse Day... and much more besides my cousins birthday! Dear All, November is an odd month, isn’t it?  In many locations, the trees are already bare and the days are becoming ever-shorter. Winter will be upon us soon… snow, ice, cold. …

RE: Landlord email Thursday 11th November2021 Fire and smoke alarms, wrongful eviction penalty and 20p for a shower!

For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Remembrance Day marks the day World War One ended, at the eleventh hour on …

Re : Landlord email 4th November 2021 - Electric vehicles, Citylets Report about Demandemic , Ear-plugs at the ready for Fireworks night tomorrow

As a joke, I read out the formula to my son and It was as though I had changed the bed sheets for tin foil and the carpet for cardboard – the look he gave me as though I were mad – followed by THAT look from my son and …

Re: Landlord email 28th October 2021 - Inspections and Aspray

Dear All, Change of voice this week as I am using the landlord email to introduce myself and also the company, Aspray, we are working with for insurance claims, but not to worry Michelle has already drafted next weeks email filled with her usual quotes and jokes. As a recent addition to …

Re: Landlord email October 21st 2021 - boilers, landlord log in, storage heaters

“October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows.” – Joy Fielding Dear All, Since the start of the pandemic, landlords have been in touch outlining some highly financial situations as many UK households have suffered, and continue to suffer, financial losses as a result of the …

Tenant email : Winter is coming and heating will be coming back on, fuel costs and assistance with arrears

As the weather cools, many of us start to think about turning the heating back on. But if your boiler’s been off all summer then it might not be that easy. You see, when a boiler hasn’t been on for a while, it can be faulty or not work at all. We've …

Landlord email 14th October 2021 digital Tax. tenant grant, viewing question

The aurora borealis was visible in many parts of the UK this week, truly a beautiful and breath taking phenomenon.The sight filled the northern sky; the immensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as …

Landlord email 7th October 2021City Lets - Lets Talk with Colin Macmillan

Dear all, I maybe a little excited about the Landlord email this week as it is very much all about our managing director Colin Macmillan who was a vocal star last week during a citylets podcast. https://www.citylets.co.uk/blog/lets-talk-with-colin-macmillan/ One word to describe the recent Glasgow rental market would be ‘frenetic’, and Let’s Talk invited …

RE: Landlord email 30th September EPCs, Government deals, short let regulation,

Dear all, It seems that the energy efficiency and climate emergency have got into the heads of the residents in the southside of Glasgow!  I would love to be able to tell the story behind the  journey these people and their boat were going on, but sometimes what is left to …

Landlord email 23rd September 2021 funding, tribunals and feedback

This day in 1846, astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle became the first person ever to observe the planet Neptune, the existence of which had been mathematically predicted by Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. On 21 March and 23 September, the Earth's equator falls exactly opposite to the Sun, making day and night equal. …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 16th September 2021 HMRC

World Ozone Day is observed on 16 September annually. On this day in 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed. Since 1994, World Ozone Day is celebrated which was established by the United Nations General Assembly. Dear all, I do like it when the landlord emails evolve and follow on from each other, …

RE: Landlord email Thursday 9th September 2021 letting agent code of practice

Hopefully the good weather comes back 😊 Dear all, I know that because as a qualified letting agent the letting agent code of practice is a mantra to me, and I should have explained WHAT it is in last weeks email, but the email was on the back of some disappointing news …

Re: Landlord email 2nd September 2021 landlord registration, Self assessments and another view on the proposed changes

All at once, summer collapsed into fall. -Oscar Wilde And then the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awaked. – Raquel Franco Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. – JK …

Landlord email 26th August 2021 factors code of conduct, SNP and green co-operation, summery of proposals, evictions, EPCs and Bank holidays

Loch Ness Monster spotter submits sketch as 'evidence' following 9th Nessie sighting of the year The latest sighting at Loch Ness took place on July 30 and has been added to the report, which catalogues all sightings of the unexplained in Loch Ness. A Mr Veacock was visiting from the North West …

Re: Landlord email 19th August - working from home, visiting properties, eviction procedures

"Did you know that a bee dies after he stings you?... And that around the tenth of August, any year, you can look up in the sky at night and see dozens and dozens of shooting stars?" - Elizabeth Enright. Dear all,  I think we are in a no news is good …

Landlord email 12th August " the glorious 12th" leases and rent increase

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6974231/the-glorious-12th-grouse-shooting-season/ August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time. – Sylvia Plath Dear all, What has this weather been like!!  Bright sunshine and torrential rain!  Although I shouldn’t be shocked, I am in Scotland, and I don’t think I would change the …

RE: Landlord email 5th August 2021 - Evictions and low maintenance property

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ― John Lubbock. Word of the day is 'zephyr' (Old English): …

Re Landlord email Thursday 29th July 2021 Scottish housing, cladding and fire safety, EPCs and energy efficiency

Dear All, In March the Scottish Government published Housing to 2040, Scotland’s first ever long-term national housing strategy. It sets out a route map for how, by 2040, everyone will have a safe, high-quality home that is affordable and meets their needs in the place they want to be. The positive contribution …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 22nd July 2021 tenant funding, eviction ban extended, Glasgow as America

Dear all, You may be wondering why I have put pictures of American streets in this week’s landlord email, however it is St Vincent Street, Glasgow near our office which has been transformed this week for the filming of the as of yet unnamed fifth Indiana Jones, starring Harrison Ford. A …

Re: Landlord email 15th July - impact survey, SAL media coverage, right to rent and hungry gulls!

Dear all,Hope that you have had a good week, as you know I have been enjoying my annual leave, dolphin watching and keeping an eye on a cheeky gull that was trying to take lunch from tourists in the black Isle!My son named him "Dave" and my mum used me …

Re: Landlord email 8ith July 2021 Scottish housing day and new covid grants

  Dear all,   Hope that you are having a wonderful week and as you can see Scotland is showing off its beauty in the sunshine!  That was taken last week on one of the islands at Loch Lomond by my son and tomorrow we are off up north to Inverness so annual …

Re: Landlord email 1st July 2021 2021 - mediation and safe deposits

 Dear all, We have had a lot of focus on mediation recently, talking about things, involving a neutral third party and coming to a reasonable solution.  . Mediation makes sense for housing matters. Cost-effective, efficient, and pragmatic, it is less damaging to relationships than formal action.   The consensual approach means agreements …

Re: Landlord email 24th June 2021 - Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) Bill 2021 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oo8QzDHimQ  Dear all, As you may be aware the Scottish schools are finishing for this academic year and what an oddly strange year it has been for everyone!!! Scotland maybe out of the Euros losing to a side that was in the last World Cup final with a team with a history of …

Tenants email 23rd June 2021 deposits, utilities, contents insurance, financial, maintenance and inspection

Dear all, There was some interesting information in this weeks money saving expert email which you may find useful and incase you do not receive it we wanted to pass it on.  Also the site is English based and as you are aware the Scottish laws and English laws differ, which …

Re: landlord email - Landlord email 17th June 2021 Inspections, Halegon lights and rent increases when we can!

 I believe that everyone chooses how to approach life. If you’re proactive, you focus on preparing. If you’re reactive, you end up focusing on repairing. ― John C. Maxwell Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.― Oprah Winfrey Do what today others won’t, so …

Re: Landlord email 10th June 2021 - landlord compliances

‘Scotland is a picturesque country where the people are friendly yet completely incomprehensible. Also, the national delicacy is a sheep’s stomach filled with its liver, lungs, and heart.’ – Adam Schlesinger ‘Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes.’ – Sam Heughan  ‘What most people don’t understand is that UFOs …

Virtual Property Inspections

Dear All, Hope that all is well with you. We are conscious that we can not carry out inspections at properties, however with rising covid cases because we can does not mean we should, and the previous virtual inspection seemed to work to address issues and if you could assist it would …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 3rd June 2021 - Crazy Rental price, TC Young advise and easing of Covid restrictions

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” - Charlotte Bronte “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” - Aung San Suu …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 27th May 2021 - Citylets quarterly report - Rent controls, fair rent bill and a little bit of Eurovision

'Flenched': a Scots word to describe weather that looks like it's going to improve but never really does. (colin shared an “on this day” photo with me, 4 years ago it was 27 degrees, today I think it is 7!) Word of the day is 'snudge' (17th century): to nestle quietly and …

Tenant email 25th May 2021 Maintenance reporting, factors, financial help, bank details and bank holiday

Dear All, As I am sure you are aware Glasgow is still in level 3 which means that we can not carry out on essential maintenance issue.  Unfortunately, wobbly doors and dishwashers will need to be addressed when we get into level 2 of the lockdown restrictions. I am sure like me …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 20th May 2021 New PRT, New Government

World Bee Day - World Bee Day exists to educate people about the importance of bees and how they can help preserve them for the sake of the future. If you want to help save these fuzzy insects from extinction, then read down below to find out what World Bee …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 13th May - Deaf action, rent control new homes and the Back of Aldi's

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome." - William James World Cocktail day "When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go." - Carol Burnett Leprechaun Day "You are enough just as you are." By Jorie …

Re: landlord email Thursday 6th May 2021 - Voting, Eurovision and Curtains

 Dear all, I try and not be political, but in last week's email it has been brought to my attention I mentioned one political party and not others.  Please find attached and below a summary from the Scottish association of landlords with regards to party policies for today's election. As we prepare to …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 29th April PM as a landlord and Private Rented Tenancy

On this day 1990 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate “Today has been a day dropped out of June into April.”― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars – it is beautiful in Glasgow at the moment,, but I know that rain is forecast for the afternoon, so typical …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 22nd April 2021 covid 19, rabbit holes and unwanted pests

https://twitter.com/gilltwosleeps/status/1384509279927894019/photo/1 22 April- World Earth Day - This day is observed every year on 22 April to mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. In the Universe Earth is the only planet where life is possible and so it is necessary to maintain this natural asset. Dear all, Hope …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 15th April 2021 changes to PRT, questions, sales and the tax man

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George OrwellApril is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden. Marty RubinDaffodil and eglantine, / And woodbine, / Lily, violet, and rose / Plentiful in April fair, / To …

Landlord email Thursday 8th April 2021 - bank holidays, Energy performance certificates, smoke alarms, and safety assessments

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to swim.” Jon Kabat Zinn Dear all, With it …

Tenant email - 1st April 2021 - Easter Break, Maintenance updates, Insurance, Financial Difficulty and Change of tenancy

Dear All, We wanted to send out an email to advise that we are still working remotely, as we have been for the past year and that we will be turning our laptops off for the Easter break, which means that on Friday and Monday we will not be working. Maintenance Further to …

Landlord email Thursday 1st April - Covid restrictions, housing strategy and April fool

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. Mark Twain Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 25th March - wrongful termination and deposit claims

 Word of the day is the Scots 'hingum-tringum' (19th century): barely presentable; just about hanging together. – I think over the past year we have all felt like that at some point “Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein. “A winner …

Re: Landlord email 18th march 2021 Notice, Pinstripe, market and dwelling

Dear all, Its been a year since the pandemic set the wheels in motion that we would be working from home and we would be keeping in touch through a weekly email! https://glasgowpropertyletting.com/landlord-email-17th-march-2020/ https://glasgowpropertyletting.com/landlord-email-19th-march-2020/ I sometimes wonder if it feels like a year, or have gotten to a point that I have adapted to …

RE: Landlord email Thursday 11th March Extension to eviction bans, what we currently can and cant do, cross border moves, and Pet clauses (again)

World Plumbing Day is an international event, initiated by the World Plumbing Council, held on 11 March each year to recognize the important role plumbing plays in societal health and amenity. “ Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey.  “ Work hard, be kind and amazing …

Landlord email Thursday 4th March 2021 4.3.21 loan recap and Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget

"By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again." ―Neil Gaiman “In like a lion, out like a lamb” "The stormy March is come at last,With wind, and cloud, and changing skies,I hear the …

Re: Landlord email 25th February 2021 rent control, short term, house prices and animal intelligence

 One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”  Jerry Gillies “Just when I think I have learned the …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 18th February 2020 tax & Scottish Gas contracts

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.” Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress   “Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.” ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind “We …

Landlord email 11th February 2021 - Smoke sellers, Captain Tom, Kindness and the market

Dear all, After last weeks email when I mentioned snow and sun sky in one day, I did not think that this week Glasgow was going to be exactly that!  Although I should have really. The the little jobs I had planned this week were put to the side and I was …

RE: Landlord email Thursday 4th February 2021 Wrongful termination, eviction ban, Virtual viewing and the joys of the second month

"February—the month of love..?!! No wonder the shortest one in the calendar." ― Dinesh Kumar Biran "Though, February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises." —Charmaine J Forde "February is the shortest month, so if you’re having a miserable month, try to schedule it for February." ―Lemony Snickett "I …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 28th January 2021 landlord loan, rent guarantee and energy efficiency (again)

Dear all I have been in the throws of the new way of working from home and home schooling and I think that my household has found its groove, although that could be famous last words. Part of the home schooling information I was reminded of was that the origin of the …

Tenants email 21st January 2021 - Keeping warm in the winter and Zoom inspection check in with you

Dear all  On Wednesday 13 January, the First Minister announced that the current guidance regarding only carrying out essential works in homes would become law.   The Scottish Federation of Housing Association has spoken to Scottish Government officials following this announcement and confirmed that, given this is already the basis, the announcement does not represent any material change, but it does …

Landlord email 21st January 2021 - energy efficiency, Energy Performance and building inspection reports

“He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence.” Oscar Wilde Dear all On Wednesday 13 January, the First Minister announced that the current guidance regarding only carrying out essential works in …

Landlord email 14th January 2021 Landlord registration, notice periods, slight recap and we will get through this and into the new way of life

The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold. – Hamlet, 1.4.1 Dear all,  Some individuals love January because they welcome the lull that follows the hectic holiday season. Others dislike the effort it takes to begin a routine again, whatever the working from home, home learning, homelife/ work balance way may be. January comes around …

Landlord Email - Thursday 7th January 2020 - Happy New year with restrictions, moves, maintenance, checks, inspections support and direct debits,

"I'll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first. There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year that you can make a change." ―Elizabeth Eulb Dear all, Well the 21st birthday of the 21st Century has arrived and a week in it has already been eventful!  …

Hogmanay

Dear all, My partner and I were talking last night as we were watching “The Steamie” and I did not realise that not every family brought in the bells with the neighbors to then have a party lasting till the small hours of New Years days.  It was such a tradition …

Merry Christmas

In year I am sure at times we have all felt 'deepooperit' and 'dumfungled': old Scottish dialect for being mentally and physically worn out, I was reading a story last night about Scotland’s most famous illusive resident : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9082019/Loch-Ness-Monster-hunters-spot-strange-presence-Scottish-lake.html which reminded me  of the word 'hibernacle': a winter retreat or hiding place, …

Tenant email 21st December

Dear all, Can you please remember to report any maintenance issues through the app https://glasgowpropertyletting.fixflo.com/Auth/HomeIssueCreate As you are aware the office has been closed since March 2020 and we are working remotely at this point in time. Previously in my tenant emails, which can be found at https://glasgowpropertyletting.com/blog/ I have asked for inspection …

Re: Landlord email Thursday 17th December 2020 - holiday count down, financial aid, evictions, cleaning 12 days of Christmas and National Device Appreciation Day

” Even darkness must pass. “—J.R.R. Tolkien” “Do not lose hope—what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts.Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. “—Neil Gaiman  “The future is uncertain, but that can be a good thing.” —Jennifer Niven Dear …

Landlord email Thursday 10th December 2020 - Human Rights day - landlord studies, tenant and landlord relationship, eviction ban and laws and the landlord statement

“The crisp path through the field in this December snow, in the deep dark, where we trod the buried grass like ghosts on dry toast.” – Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning: Stories “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost …

Tenant email 9th December 2020

Dear All, Hope you are well and staying safe during this time in our lives and coping with the restrictions that are in place. As you know the office is still closed and the staff are working remotely, we will be shutting down out laptops for the Christmas period from the 23rd …

Landlord email 3rd December 20202 - EPCs ( again), Lease changes ( again) & restrictions (again)

Dear all, Last week I mentioned how I felt that November had gone by in a flash and I was quite pleasantly surprised to hear that i wasn't alone and quite a few people felt the same.Time does seem to be very relative at the moment, always precious, but passing in a …

Landlord email 26th November 2020 -

November 26th is the 330th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 35 days remain until the end of the year1863 – United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. Constitution Day (National Law Day), …

Re: Landlord email 19th November - Landlord registration, zoom rooms and a lease of the departed

Dear all, We have not received the official guidance from the Scottish Government yet with regards to how the change in tier affects the letting industry.Those that keep a watchful eye on the Government website know that the private rented sector guidance has not changed since the 13th October, so it …

Landlord email 12th November 2020 - Tier guidance, Legionella risk assessment, Landlord focus and Under one roof

Dear all, What an exciting week the world has had from - never ending fireworks, those with dogs, and pets in general, have my sympathies it has been constant and I know they will still be going off until into the New Year - to the change of a new President …

Re: Landlord email 5th November - Scottish government landlord loan, foggy glasses, Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Fireworks Night,

“Remember, remember, the Fifth of NovemberGunpowder treason and plotI see no reason why gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intentTo blow up the King and the ParliamentThree score barrels of powder belowPoor old England to overthrowBy God's providence he was catch'dWith a dark lantern and burning …

Tenants email 4th November 2020 Financial support, payment details, repairs, windows, inspections and utilities

Dear all, As it seems a high chance we will be entering a second lockdown following suit with our neighbouring countries we wanted to pass on some important information to you. Financial Tenants affected by coronavirus with concerns about paying their rent can claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions …

Re: Landlord email 29th October 2020 303rd day of the year - 63 to go - 1929 "Black Tuesday" Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the "Great Depression"

"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize.- George Eliot"As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colours enough to paint the beautiful things I see. " - Vincent Van Gogh Your limitation—it's only …

RE: Landlord email 22nd October 2020 - Fair rent bill, Domestic Abuse bill, changes to lease, Cool neighbourhood and Feng Shui

Dear All, We are again another week in the strange circumstances we have been adapting too since March and I am sure we are all probably mentally drained by hearing about covid-19 and the corona virus, I do try and not bring it up too often, however there have been affects …

Re: Landlord email 15th October - holidays, EPCs and the new normal of service

Dear All, As you know I was on annual leave this week and I decided to extend it until next week as I still have annual leave to use, so this is a short email to make sure that everyone is okay and a refresher on a few things. So far there …

Re: Landlord email 8th October 2020 - new addition to the team, changes to model lease, end of tenancy and 72 hours

Dear all,   Hope that you are well.  This has been a quick week and will be a 4-day week for me.  I was meant to be on annual leave this month and in America with my mum and son, but for obvious reasons that can not happen and I am on annual leave …

Tenant email 5th October

What to do if your boiler loses pressure https://youtu.be/S3I1x-QcTdg If you’re having problems with your boiler — like the dreaded 'no hot water' — loss of water pressure might be to blame. The good news is that low pressure is relatively easy to diagnose and, in some cases, you can put it right …