Lets Talk with Citylets is your podcast channel dedicated to all things around the world of lettings - investment, legislation, rights & responsibilities, your stories and more. New episodes featuring industry experts, tenants, landlords and voices from over the world of lettings are available fortnightly.

Lets Talk is brought to you by Citylets in association with ARLA Propertymark Scotland.

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Scotland’s tenement maintenance; procedures, new proposals, and recommendations with Jo Parry-Geddes

Episode 23 of #LetsTalk hears Senior Conservation Architect of Mill Architects, Jo Parry-Geddes discussing the recent proposals put forward to the Scottish Government on tenement maintenance. Jo details typical ‘hotspot’ areas for repair and maintenance in a standard tenement as well as the current procedures and the help available. She also advises on the best practice to ensure minimal problems.

Transforming balconies, terrace, patios and small garden areas, with Angela Moffat

Owner of Edinburgh based ‘Pateriors’, Angela Moffat, joins #LetsTalk for episode 22 to discuss how her business provides ‘make overs’ for areas of properties and gardens that are often left bare or neglected. Having worked as wardrobe, props and set stylist for major brands and people such as David Beckham and Jimmy Choo, Angela stresses the importance of appearance in selling a product and for maximising rental values and minimising void periods when letting a property.

Eviction Applications for Rent Arrears and Advice/Courses from ARLA with Daryl McIntosh

In association with ARLA Propertymark Scotland, episode 21 hears Strategic Development Manager for Scotland, Daryl McIntosh, discuss recent cases for rent arrears. Daryl explains why these cases resulted in their particular outcomes and why it’s crucial for a landlord or agent to ensure the timing of any eviction application is correct. He offers advice and informs of ARLA’s courses that can help build confidence for self representation at First-tier Tribunal eviction cases.

First-tier Tribunal, Housing and Property Chamber Eviction and Payment Actions with Carly Stewart

Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate at Aberdein Considine, Carly Stewart, joins #Letstalk for episode 20 to explain eviction applications and common mistakes made which can lead to rejection by the tribunal. Carly offers helpful advice to ensure fair procedure is observed mitigating delays. Other aspects of the First-tier Tribunal are discussed including a number of legislative difficulties identified in the first few years of its introduction and the amendments introduced to rectify.

The Private Rented Sector - a perspective from portfolio landlord and former TV Gladiator, Ali Paton

Former Gladiator ‘Siren’ discusses her views on Airbnb in Edinburgh and also Vancouver where she lives half the year. Ali details her experiences as a portfolio landlord with all the changes in legislation, with HMO and non HMO properties in Edinburgh, West Lothian, the Borders and Nottingham and her dealings with the different councils. Naturally we discuss her time at Gladiators, part of a distinguished athletic career which includes Basketball at national level.

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