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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.

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.

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