It Shouldn’t Happen to a Let

The ban on tenant fees in 2012 in Scotland was a highly charged event for the sector. Most agree it was a noble intent to curb excesses, though many feel the total ban on any fees went too far. Undoubtedly, though, it has left tenants protected from excess and Scotland has led the way in …

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Citylets Sponsors National Landlord Day

Citylets has been a proud sponsor of the Scottish Association of Landlords’ largest annual conference and exhibition for 10 years. This year’s National Landlord Day is to be held on Nov 13th at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and it promises to be an exciting event, chaired by the BBC’s Stephen Jardine.     The conference will …

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Proposals for Change to Landlord Registration

A consultation regarding changes to the landlord registration scheme was announced last month by the Scottish Government. Landlord registration became compulsory in 2004 with the aim to improve standards in the private rented sector in Scotland. Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister for Scotland, explained that the current system needs to be more vigorous to ensure landlords …

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Rental Income Guarantee Scheme to Help Build to Rent Growth

Citylets recently sponsored the third annual Build to Rent Forum 2017 which took place in Edinburgh on 12th October 2017. It was also on this day that the Scottish Government launched The Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS).The initiative is designed to lower risk for investors in the emerging Build to Rent (BTR) sector and reduce …

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After Grenfell

Recent revelations made news that the original number of 57 private high rise properties in Glasgow that contained combustible cladding may actually be a far higher number of flats that are affected. Glasgow City Council admitted at Holyrood’s local government and communities committee that the number could reach the low hundreds. A month after Grenfell, …

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Is Scotland About to Put its Rent Cap on?

It looks like rent controls within Scottish cities are imminent. Councillors have just approved a report to be conducted regarding the introduction of Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) across Glasgow. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill due to come in to effect this December, would mean that councils will be able to apply to the Scottish …

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