Category: Property

Is the Housing White Paper Grey for the Small Scale PRS?

Tuesday 7th February saw the housing white paper being published. Letting agents and landlords were encouraged to hear Gavin Barwell stating that the government had “changed its tone” towards people renting homes rather than buying. There was a clear sign that the government acknowledges that an increased focus is required on the Private Rented Sector...

HMO Conversions – New Strategy to Achieve Higher Yields

It is about to become, quite literally, a ‘taxing’ time for landlords when the new tax changes for landlords are introduced from this April. Astute landlords who have considered the implications of the full effect in 2020 have already started to take steps to help alleviate the impact of the new cuts to tax relief....

ESPC’s Latest House Price Report

East Central Scotland Market Overview According to the latest House Price Report (September – November 2016) by ESPC, the property market in east central Scotland has remained healthy. Despite the decrease in the number of new homes brought to the market (8.3% YOY) and falling number of homes sold in the last 3 months (11.7%...

Evicted Daughter Takes Parents to European Court of Human Rights

‘You can’t choose your family’ so the saying goes… and perhaps resonating in some quarters more than others. But in the UK Supreme Court and now the European Court of Human Rights? When Mr & Mrs McDonald granted a lease to their daughter, it is unlikely they would have ever thought they could be facing...

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

With the recent float of Zoopla Property Group on the stock market to the value of around £1billion, we felt it was now the right time to fully inform the Scottish letting agent market as to why we didn’t want a partnership back in 2012 when Zoopla merged with Digital Property Group (DPG) to form...