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 now and away for the long weekend, not quite America but will be a nice relaxing family time. Or it will be daggers at dawn with sarcasm for breakfast, but I am sure that we will have a lovely time and I know I am leaving things in good hands. 

You may notice a new addition to the email addresses that this is sent to.  We have a new member to the Glasgow Property Letting team, we are lucky to have Ashley join us.  As we are all still working from home, we don’t have the usual shadowing and going out to property , but with zoom and webinars the training is going ahead and as a freshly qualified letting agent I am confident that Ashley will get into the swing of things as an asset to the team. 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius. 

Covid-19 changes to model lease – 1 Oct 2020 

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Scottish Ministers introduced legislation which made changes to the eviction procedure for tenancies in the private and social rented sector. Initially these changes applied from 7 April 2020 until 30 September 2020. 

Please note that the changes detailed do not apply to any evictions where the landlord served notice on the tenant before 7 April 2020. 

All evictions will be discretionary, which means that if the tenant doesn’t voluntarily vacate and the landlord has to apply for an eviction order at the tribunal, the tribunal may decide to exercise a reasonableness test in deciding whether to evict the tenant or not. In simple terms, this means that the tribunal will decide based on the circumstances of the case whether the tenant’s need/right to occupy the property is outweighed by the landlord’s need/right to repossess the property. 

The Scottish Government has made changes to the model private residential tenancy (PRT) lease to reflect the extension of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act to 31 March 2021 and a reduction in the notice period for anti-social/criminal behaviour down to 28 days (coming into force on 3 October). 

Guidance can be foundhere.  Things are not back to normal, however there is guidance. 

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison. 

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller. 

End of tenancy process 

At the moment, once we have received notice from the tenants, we automatically notify you and send the tenants outthe end of tenancy procedure information. and we book inPinstripe inventories to carry out the check out appointment 72 hours after the tenancy end date.  72 hours is the life span of the virus and the time scale that things have to be staggered by. 

We have been asking the tenants to carry out a video walk through of the property which we use for advertising purposes while they are still in the property.  Alternatively, when Pinstripe are carrying out the check out they can take the footage, but it does make things easier if the tenant can send in short footage of the property when they give notice so we can get a head start on advertising and so see if any issues need to be addressed. 

“Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin. 

The reason we try to secure a tenant through a virtual viewing as between each viewer /person in the property we have to leave 72 hours, so if we have a three bedroom property which a couple and one friend wish to view and start a tenancy on, technically if the couple are currently living together they would have to view separately to the friend who would have to view 72 hours after them. If the couple did not live together it would be 72 hours between each of them.  it would take over a week (9 days) to view a property with one potential party, during which time no work could be carried out, cleaning or check out reports or people in the property.  Every time a new member of a household enters the property, the clock resets to a 72 hour countdown as we know at the moment the advice is to act as though you have the virus to avoid the spread – Donald Trump is not the example of this, but that is another conversation.  

Apparently on this day in 1927 “The Second Hundred Years” silent short film was released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team.  Which I had never heard of until the weekend when I was listening to a radio show“Off the Ball”– it is (allegedly) a football show, but as sports are not really being played at the moment, it is a funny show, two men of an age talking about life, the past, what is happening now and I will admit on more than once occasion I have laughed out loud. 

Never would I have thought that I would enjoy listening to aradio show about football, but I do recommend it and give my mum full credit for introducing me to it. 

Take care and any problems, questions or queries as always please sent to

“October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.” — John Sinor 


Michelle O’Donnell 

Branch Manager 

17 Elmbank Street 


G2 4PB 

0141 221 3990 

Registration number LARN1903009 

VAT : 174415411 


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