Looking Shipshape

In December Five in a Row, the only Scottish crew in the 2021 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, sponsored by Citylets, will embark on a 3000 mile journey from la Gomera to Antigua, as part of what is described as “The World’s Toughest Rowing Race.” The boat has now been shipped off to the start line and …

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HMO Licence Denied to Landlord Couple Charging Tenants for Shower

A landlord couple have been refused an HMO licence renewal after confessing they made their tenants pay every time they used the shower. Elinor and Jim Johnstone have been renting their four bedroom property in Cartvale Road, Langside in Glasgow as a licensed HMO since at least 2008. 20p for 20 minutes When applying for …

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Lets Talk with Lewis Mallen

Business Development Manager at Northwood Edinburgh, Lewis Mallen joins Lets Talk host, Gillian Semmler, to discuss the Edinburgh rental market during Q3 2021 and gives his thoughts on what we may expect towards year end. He shares his views on how the Edinburgh rental market has recovered from the effects of the pandemic and explains …

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Fire and Smoke Alarms Legislation Changes in Scotland

Scotland is soon to become the first UK nation to require every home to have interlinked fire and smoke alarms regardless of tenure. This legislative change to the Tolerable Standard comes into force on 1st February 2022 and will apply to all households, both in the private and social housing sectors. Meeting the new standard …

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Lets Talk with Daryl McIntosh

There is more change again planned for the future of the Scottish PRS landscape. Since the May election, the SNP has introduced the ‘Housing to 2040 document’, as well as made an agreement with the Greens to deliver what they call ‘a new deal for tenants’ as part of the ‘Rented Sector Strategy’. Policy and …

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Landlord’s ‘Change of Heart’ Leads to £2,400 Fine

A Glasgow landlord has been fined £2,400 for misleading his former tenants into surrendering occupation of a property which they wouldn’t have left otherwise. Lesley Munro and Grant McNicoll applied to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber for a Wrongful Termination Order after their landlord, David Ross served a notice on them …

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