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 at home as normal as possible, which is including trying to convince my son it is actually late and bedtime, even though it is still so bright till the small hours. 

I hope that you are managing to keep some normality that works for you.  I was given a suggestion of photography while out on the exercise walks which would be a good memory to look back on and I had been taking pictures while out already, which I may use for a 2021 calendar.  

Fair Rent Bill 

Following a public consultation last year, Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill has published a Member’s Bill in the Scottish Parliament to place a blanket restriction on mid-tenancy rent increases for Private Residential Tenancies. 

The aim of the Bill is to improve the way rents are set in private rented housing. This is intended to reduce poverty and support low income tenants and their families.   

Home movers 

With Scotland now in Phase 1 of the published route map out of the COVID-19 restrictions, here is the most up to date Scottish Government guidance on how phases 1 and 2 in the route map apply to the housing market and home moves

As you are aware Glasgow property Letting have been operating through this pandemic in an altered state and will continue to do so in line with the government guidance. 

Extended closure of the tribunal 

Due to ongoing lockdown restrictions the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing & Property Chamber) has announced a further postponement of all case management discussions/hearings to 9 July 2020. 

A coordinated approach is being taken by Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service for resumption of work in the courts and tribunals. Significant changes to the way courts and tribunals work are necessary and the changes required are being considered and implemented. 

Thinking of buying or selling ? 

Following on from Sarah’s email last week and the “property pow wow “ chat Colin was involved in you are aware that we work with a company called Portolio who specialise in selling tenanted properties.  If you are thinking that you wish to expand your portfolio or are looking at options given the recent change of life events that have affected all of us in different ways, please get in touch at and we will supply Chris Woods, managing director, with your property details and ask him to give you a call or email back. 

Energy efficiency 

The government has delayed the launch of the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which were due to come into force on 1 April 2020.  The work on improving energy efficiency in private rented housing will resume once the current COVID-19 crisis comes to an end and the regulations may still come into force before the first trigger point of 1 October 2020. 

Draft EPC regulations have been laid in the Scottish Parliament to bring in a long expected requirement for PRS properties to meet minimum EPC standards. The draft regulations set out the following requirements: 

Private rented sector properties in Scotland will need to achieve at least: 

  • EPC of E at change of tenancy from 1 October 2020 
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022 
  • EPC of D at change of tenancy from 1 April 2022 
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025 

Closed to crime: report your suspicions 

Further to the advice about the HMRC scam emails and where to report them to, the charity Crimestoppers Scotland asks people to report suspicions to ensure businesses can open in the future but stay #ClosedtoCrime 
With the lockdown slowly easing whilst the pandemic is still active, Crimestoppers Scotland is using the opportunity to connect with communities and companies by appealing for people to report anonymously what they know about crime against commercial outlets. 

If you have information, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously. You can call our 24/7 UK Contact Centre on Freephone 0800 555 111 or use our simple and secure Anonymous Online Form at

The above picture was in the Wild explorer magazine my son gets.  I may not be militant about the home learning, but he is aware of tax returns and how it can be a bit of a chore! 

Stay safe and keep well for the week a head, as always we are here to help, please email with the property address of your name in the subject header ,