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 every year like a train on schedule—whether it makes us want to sigh with relief or get revved up for a fresh start.

Second week into the 21st year and it is still proven to be eventful in world affairs from another Australian prime minister to the latest Trump affairs with the positive ongoing news of vaccinations and their development.

The Scottish government sent out newsletter information last month to all registered landlord, so this should all look familiar.  If you haven’t received anything can you check to check your details, it is worth while to check the expiry date as there is a charge for a late renewal.

If you require information about your private landlord registration please email

Weirdly I was having dreams about my own landlord registration renewal last night, even thought I know I renewed last year before the change in information require happened.  Now when you renew you will need to confirm that the certificates are all valid and up to date.

The following certificates must be valid and renewed where required
Gas Safety Certificates/Energy Performance Certificate/PAT/Electrical Installation Condition Report

You can check this by either dropping an email to or  logging into and inputting you log in details .  From your own area of the sme portal you can obtain landlord statements and create a year statement for your tax return.  We can do it for you at a cost of £20+vat, I do recommend that you try it yourself first.

Landlords have a legal duty to repair and maintain their tenants’ homes as well as other matters such as proper insurance and the handling of Tenancy Deposits

Scottish Government Guidance

The newsletter included a link to the Scottish Government website which provides the latest advice for Private Landlords and Letting agents. As restrictions change this website will be update. You should check the website regularly for updates.

Discretionary Housing Payments(DHP)

If tenants are finding it difficult to meet their rental payments,  they may be entitled to DHP.  We have directed tenant here, however I know that on occasion a tenant may come to you directly which is why we try to keep you as informed as possible.  Get more information here

Tenant Hardship Loan Fund

The Scottish Government’s Tenant Hardship Loan Fund opened for applications on 7 December 2020 and can be accessed at

Latest Scottish Government Guidance on Moving Home

As you know the Scottish Government private rented tenancy agreement means that the tenants only need to give 28 days notice to end their tenancy, the notice the landlord gives as per the latest October Covid laws is at least 6 months.  At this point in time there are no mandatory grounds for evictions as the Scottish Government have taken the view point that no one should loose their home due to the current pandemic.

Colin and I had a training session on Tuesday with the Landlord  Accreditation Scotland who reiterated this again and although this is reviewed every 3 weeks, it is unlikely to change until September 2021.

Further to the First ministers talk yesterday we still have not been sent out any further guidance or changes to advise you of.  Olin an I are attending an on line branch meeting this afternoon and as the constant note taker I am I am sure that there will be information gained that I will be able to share with you.

While doing my usual research for facts of about this day or anything to make the email a little less dry In the Roman calendar of saints I came across Hilary’s feast day is on 13 January, 14 January in the pre-1970 form of the calendar. The spring terms of the English and Irish Law Courts and Oxford and Dublin Universities are called the Hilary term since they begin on approximately this date.  I don’t think I had ever heard of it before as a saint or legal term.

Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love accompany your hearts!

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5.1.29

Take care and please email into with any questions and the team will be able to assist,

Kindest Regards

Michelle O’Donnell

Branch Manager

17 Elmbank Street


G2 4PB

0141 221 3990

Registration number LARN1903009

VAT : 174415411


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