Fort William is a town in the Scottish West Highlands, approximately 65 miles from Inverness and just over 100 miles from Glasgow. If you are considering renting in Fort William you’ll be able to take advantage of good road and transport links around the area, as well as to other parts of Scotland and the UK.
Client Money Protection (CMP) is an insurance policy taken out by letting agents to protect the monies they handle on behalf of their landlords and tenants. If your agent has CMP, it means that if they go out of business or someone runs off with your rent or the funds are held for maintenance, you don’t lose out financially.
At the start of 2017, the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) began giving presentations to landlords around the UK, in an effort to raise awareness of the value of having their properties regularly inspected by a professional electrician. NAPIT’s business relationship director, Ian Halton, says: “It’s become a mission of ours to make as many landlords as we can aware of the potential danger they could be putting their tenants in if they don’t keep on top of the electrical safety of their property.” To date, more than 3,500 landlords have received NAPIT’s advice.
As house prices in England continued to soar within 2019, it appears that it has sent many house-hunters running for the hills - the Highlands of Scotland, to be more precise. According to a recent report on UK properties, a study was made of the most searched towns in Great Britain in 2019 - with some quite surprising results! Although seaside towns across Britain remained popular, a number of Scottish towns scored extremely highly and, in this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the hottest property locations in Scotland for 2020.
It’s nearly two years since the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced in his 2016 Autumn Statement that there would be a ban on letting fees, so what’s happening?
Well, the ‘Tenant Fees Bill 2017-19’ is currently making its way through the parliamentary process. It’s had its first and second Readings and the Public Bill Committee has reported the Bill to the House. There will be a third and final reading in the House of Commons, before the Bill is passed to the House of Lords, where it follows the same process and any amendments are considered before it’s given Royal Assent and becomes law.
Could rent controls be introduced in Scotland? A new campaign has been launched that seeks to bring in proper controls in the country.
According to campaigners, the current system is not working for tenants, and big changes need to be brought in to ensure a fairer system – and that should include rent controls.
Last week we touched on the average duration a sale of a property can take, at each stage, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has a different set of rules in terms of the time the process is allowed to take and this article will take a more in depth look at how typically the process plays out if you are buying or selling a home in Scotland.
Following the introduction of Universal Credit and the phased switch onto it from previous benefits, there have been various complaints about the system, particularly in relation to rent payments. Alongside headlines in local English newspapers branding it a shambolic system that is pushing families into rent arears, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has called for the rental element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords.
Often overlooked in favour of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the City of Discovery has been quietly reinventing itself over the past 15 years. Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city (the aforementionedGlasgow andEdinburgh are first and second respectively;Aberdeen is third), Scotland’s second most densely populated area, and the 51st most populous area in the UK.
Located beside the Firth of Forth, Fife is a historic county in Scotland that not only is said to be home to the happiest people in Scotland, but will also continue to be a popular option for Edinburgh commuters wanting to work in, but live outside, the nearby bustling Scottish capital city, Edinburgh.
Just an hour and a half away from 90% of Scotland’s population, Perth has all the convenience of modern living set in stunning scenery.
With a University, a castle, a charming medieval Old Town, and rolling green hills, Stirling is an historically important and fascinating Scottish city.
Over the last few years, Scotland has led the way in increasing legislation in favour of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The latest move has been to launch their own tenant union!
Scotland is home to a diverse range of urban and natural landscapes. This enchanting country is also a popular place to find your dream home. If you’re considering the move to Scotland, check out some of the best spots to buy or rent a property.
As a landlord, you know the importance of keeping your home occupied consistently - minimising void periods is the key to generating a profit, so you want to bring in new tenants as quickly as possible. This means you’ve got to know how to sell your property to prospective tenants, and the best way to do so is to make sure you’re showing off your home at its best.
Becoming a landlord in Scotland has some rules and requirements that differ from being a private landlord in England and Wales. To give you a better idea of what you’ll need to do and which rules to follow as a landlord in Scotland, our quick and easy-to-follow guide is a great way to understand what you need to know for your new venture. Read on to become better informed on Scottish landlord requirements.
Because housing policy in the UK has been devolved to the governments of each country, we are in a situation where England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different rules on who can legally let and manage a property.