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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 …

Landlord email October 1st 2020 - Coffee day, boilers, filling loops and EPCs

“October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows.” – Joy Fielding Let’s spark up October and make it better than September. – unknown The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October… – A.A. Milne Dear All, Well I had a very …

Landlord email 24th September- Insurance, lifespan of items and notices

“Only the paranoid survive.” – Andy Grove“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different …

Re: Landlord email 17th September Eviction, Loan, Energy and patient day

Dear all, Hope you are well.  The last week and the coming week we are focusing on tying things up before Sarah leaves up for an exciting time in Newcastle. Colin and I as the constants are still on hand and available for questions and queries and issues or just a chat.  …

Landlord Email 10th September 2020 - Restrictions, Gas safety, read a book and farewell

Dear all, Hope you’re still keeping well and busy with whatever is filling up your days! West of Scotland Restrictions Following the announcement of local coronavirus restrictions for Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, the Scottish Government has updated its guidance for landlords and letting agents. The government advice is that landlords and letting agents …

Landlord email 3rd September 2020 lock down (again) SAL, holidays and skyscraper day

Dear all, I did not think in March when the first landlord email went out that  6 months later they still would be, or that they would be so well received, or how much I enjoy writing them and reading the lovely replies.  I had planned for this to be the last …

Tenant email 2nd September - lock down (again) Financial assistance and inspections

As you are aware Glasgow is back in lockdown.  Our office is still closed and we are still working remotely, but we are still available to discuss any issues or report repairs, please advise if you have any symptoms when reporting a repair. https://glasgowpropertyletting.fixflo.com/Auth/HomeIssueCreate If you haven't sent me through your self …

Landlord email 27th August 2020 Bats, notice, banking and reviews

Dear all, Apparently today is international Bat day, didn't know such a thing existed, you live and learn. After I sent the landlord email last week, I was updating the social media side for Glasgow property letting and thought - why don't I tweet Scottish gas!  Which I did and I have received some certificates, had some sent to those of …

Landlord email - 20th august 2020 - council tax, digital tax, recession and reviews

Dear all, Usually on the 20th I mark that day of the month to do the safety check audits and  rent arrears phone calls.  I am having a little trouble on both fronts.  Scottish gas - for their gas safety certificates - have had a change in process and are not sending me certificates through email, if you have …

Landlord email 13th August 2020 - disputes, mediation and eating out

Dear all,  Isn't time flying by!  I know I keep going on about it, but the school is back full time next week (hurrah!) and life in its new way starting to take shape.  Usually I take some time off to make sure that I have everything ready for school and some time to chill …

Landlord email 6th August 2020

Dear All, Just a quick email this week, the schools are going back next week so there is a little grumpy face who is secretly excited to get back to see his friends, but I am being a mummy this afternoon! We have still not opened the office yet, as we …

Landlord email 30th July 2020

Dear All, We are (almost) at the end of July! How did that happen?!! It does not seem that long ago I was writing about April showers and Shakespeare day! World cup fans may know the significance of July 30th, but I am not that into football, leave that to my …

Landlord email 22nd July 2020

Dear All, Hope that everyone is well this week. July has been a strange month, usually I would have be frantically arranging child care and sleep overs and things to keep my son amused during summer holidays, but this year has been unusual to say the least! Fayre Monday I spent …

Landlord email 16th July 2020

Scotland has moved to Phase 3 of the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the government had updated its guidance to landlords and letting agents. PROPERTY INSPECTIONS AND ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECKS Property inspections and electrical safety checks are now permittedTradesperson and occupants of the house need to be well and not showing coronavirus …

Landlord email 9th July 2020

Dear all, Taking a little inspiration from the “Ant and Dec Santander” advert which I think is really nice ( not an endorsement only personal thoughts),  this week I have touched base with all our tenants to make sure they are okay, any problems issues, financial concerns etc.  This has proven …

Landlord email 2nd July 2020

Dear all, Hope you are well. We are over half way through the year and what a year 2020 has been(!) Little did we know in March how much the world was about to change in a very short space of time. We managed the transition to pivot the office to …

Landlord email 26th June 2020

Dear all, School has finished in Scotland, well “distance learning” which means parents have that stress lifted, now trying to keep kids amused, while still not really being able to go out side as they used to. My son told me that in years to come, he will think of 2020 …

Landlord email 19th June 2020

Dear all, Today , among other things is Take back the lunch break day, which in these working from home and social distancing times is an almost foreign thought.While going through my usual household tasks and paperwork at the weekend I updated my home insurance to reflect working from home and …

Landlord email 11th June -

Corn on the cob and German chocolate cake day  Dear all,  June seems to be speeding by, almost half a year has gone already!  it doesn’t seem that it was 3 months ago  our lives changed due to the Covid –19 situation, the schools finishing and lockdown closing offices, but it seems like a very long time ago as well.  I have tried to keep the routine …

Tenant email 10th June

Dear all, Hope you’re keeping safe and well. SELF - SERVICE INSPECTIONS Please be aware that you may receive an email (some of you may have already) from Pinstripe Inventories over the coming weeks, who are our inventory partners. This email is a request for you to undertake a semi-annual ‘self-service inspection’ of your …

Landlord email 5th June

Dear all, It has been quiet on the news front this week, so I thought I’d delve into some commentary and research that’s out there about the residential property market. Figure 1 below shows that browsing of residential property hit its lowest point on 4 April and as at 10 May had …

Re: Landlord email 29th May 2020 Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

Hope that as we near the end of May and the sun is shining in Scotland we are all starting to feel a little more optimistic about the new pace of life that we seem to have and adapting to the future normality. Personally I have been enjoying not fighting traffic …

Landlord email 21st May 2020

Dear all, Hope that everyone is safe and well.  I had some useful suggestions and feed back from the last email, which I thank you all for. In light of the easing of the lockdown in the United Kingdom being discussed  and some questions about how things will change going forward I …

Landlord email 15th May 2020

Dear all, Hope that this week has treated you well. 15th May 2020 is …136th day of the year. There are then 230 days left in 2020.20th Friday of 2020.on the 20th week of 2020.and that has been part of the learning from home this week in our house! Not sure if …

Landlord Email - 24th April Shakespeare Day

We all, of course, continue to face many day to day challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and the extended "lockdown". It is clear there is not going to be a quick resolution of the crisis and the Scottish Association of Landlords  will continue to lobby politicians and policymakers …

Tenants email 30th April 2020

Dear all, As we end probably one of the most unusual months of April  we all have had, we know that a number of tenants have already and will be further impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. We want to provide guidance on the procedure you should follow if you are …

Landlord email 30th April 2020

As we end probably one of the most unusual months of April I imagine we all have had, the Scottish and UK Government have made some changes which will affect us all for at least the next 6 months, so I will try and recap on as much as I …

Landlord email 19th April 2020

Apologies for not sending out an email last week, there was not a new update to report which I was holding off for.   With us entering the new phase of lockdown, we all naturally continue to have major concerns about leases and tenants in the face of the unprecedented situation in Scotland, …

Landlord email 9th April 2020

Dear all, Hope you are continuing to keep safe and well. Self-Assessment Tax Return and Full Year Statements:The time has come to start thinking about completing your Self-Assessment tax return. For those who would like some guidance or assistance with this, you can find information from Scottish Government here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-for-landlords#self-assessment which includes a step …

Landlord email 3rd April 2020

Dear all,  Hope you are keeping safe and well during these highly unusual times. As you are aware the GPL team are working remotely due to the lockdown, but still contactable via email. We did prepare for working from home and are having regular video conference calls with each other as well …

Landlord email 27th March 2020

Dear all, Hope you’re all doing okay and managing as best you can in the current situation. In our last email sent out 20th March we emphasised the importance of keeping up our communication with each other. We are still here to answer and questions you may have.   The latest update from Scottish Association of Landlords …

Landlord email 17th March 2020

Dear all, This is not the quarterly email I expected to be sending out, however in light of recent events Glasgow Property Letting has taken the decision to restrict our working days and hours on a temporary basis. Colleagues will be mainly working from home with access to email. We will respond to you but please …

Landlord email 19th March 2020

Dear all, In light of the evolving situation around corona virus ( covid – 19).  The health and well being of our team, their families and clients is of paramountimportance.  Therefore for the immediate future we have migrated to remote working and closed out office this week.  Our team are not …

Tenant email 9th April

Dear all, Hope you are continuing to keep well and safe. For those who have a Private Residential Tenancy Agreement:The Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes have been updated due to Covid-19.  This version is in place for the duration of the emergency Covid-19 procedures, until 6 October 2020 (unless amended). The purpose of …

Tenant email 20th March

Dear all People affected by coronavirus who are concerned about paying their rent can claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions which includes support for housing costs, if eligible. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this easier. The following website provides further information on …

Tenant email 17th March

Dear all  This is not the update email I expected to be sending out in March 2020, however in light of recent events Glasgow Property Letting has taken the decision to restrict our working hours and days on a temporary basis and close our office temporarily. Colleagues will be mainly working from home with access …

Landlord email - 7th May 2020

Dear all, I hope that May has been good so far, my mum asked me if I used the 1st of May dew to cleanse my skin which is apparently an old tradition. I didn’t, but It did get me thinking about tradition and how at this life changing time we …