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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.

Edinburgh's PRS as a microclimate and Cullen’s approach to letting and investment with Steve Coyle

Managing Director of Cullen Property, Steve Coyle joins Lets Talk for episode 18. Steve details the origins of Cullen and its journey to where it is today managing a portfolio of circa 400 properties. Steve explains why Cullen operates on a principle of the acronym T.R.U.S.T. and why the company is also known as a ‘buy to let personal shopper’. Steve discusses Edinburgh’s PRS which he views as a micro climate within the wider Scottish sector.

Build to Rent (BTR) in Scotland with Gillian McLees

Director of Build to Rent at Rettie & Co, Gillian McLees joins Lets Talk for episode 17. Gillian discusses the concept of BTR and why this year in particular can be described as a ‘watershed year’ for the tenure in Scotland. Gillian covers Rettie’s active involvement in BTR including the Harbour Gateway MMR Development and the commonalities between the two housing deliveries, as well as the similarities with PBSA and what can be learnt from it.

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA), the PRT in practice and today's PRS with Mike Campbell

Director of the Council of Letting Agents, Mike Campbell, joins Gillian for episode 16 of Lets Talk. Mike shares his views on the PRS of today and how the PRT has fared in practice, almost two years on since its introduction. Mike also talks about the Letting Agent Code of Practice and why landlords should read this document and how the market has adapted to changes in the sector. Short term lets and Airbnb within the Scottish capital are also featured.

The Mary Barbour Law & Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill with Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

Labour MSP for Glasgow Pauline McNeill discusses her proposed bill for fair rents in Scotland. Pauline believes current Rent Pressure Zone legislation is not fit for purpose and following in the footsteps of early 20th century Labour activist Mary Barbour, Pauline aims to tackle rising rents in Scotland’s private rented sector by capping annual rent increases.

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