Archive for the ‘Landlords’ Category

When it comes to persuading tenants your apartment or house is perfect for them, it’s all about making them feel right at home. This means allowing them to see themselves already on the couch, feet up, watching the new series of The Great British Bake Off… So how do you turn your property for rent […]

Homeowners can become accidental landlords for any number of reasons. Perhaps you’ve inherited a country cottage from a long lost auntie and find yourself looking for a tenant who loves rose gardening. You may be relocating to Aberdeen for a career promotion and so renting out your house in Peebles. One of the most common […]

s1homes welcomes Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland in the first of two guest blogs. If you and your tenant disagree over how their deposit should be repaid, the disagreement can be referred to the adjudication service provided by your chosen tenancy deposit scheme. The scheme will invite you and your tenant to provide evidence […]

When you’re selling or renting your home, there’s one room where both buyers and tenants look very carefully, the bathroom. If your bathroom is old, it might be best to bite the bullet and go for a refit. Here are our tips on improvements you should consider: As much as you might like the aubergine […]

Clean, clean, clean. Nobody aspires to living in a hovel.   Take the pictures with as much natural light as possible, dark photos will put off tenants.   Make sure your photos aren’t blurry. No-one is going to contact you if they can’t see the pictures clearly.   Take nice big pictures that really showcase […]

s1homes welcomes David Rowand of Cairn Estate and Letting Agency in the first of two guest blogs. Buying to let for the very first time is an exciting prospect. After all, you’re effectively starting up a new business and generating a new income stream, which, if handled correctly, could produce great results. However, it can […]

From 1st December 2015, private landlords in Scotland must ensure that an electrical safety inspection of their property is carried out by a registered electrician, at least every 5 years. The changes are as a result of amendments to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, making it a requirement for landlords to comply with new legislation. […]

If you’re considering becoming a private landlord, you might not know where to start or remember everything that you need to do to get set up. The process is different in Scotland so here’s a checklist to get you started. 1. Register as a landlord with your local council Even if you plan to use […]

If you are a landlord or a tenant in Scotland, it is important to know about tenancy agreements, how they affect you and what your rights and responsibilities are. Main types of tenancy agreements Short assured and assured are the main types of tenancy agreements in Scotland. Landlords with these types of agreements must provide […]

Top tips for choosing a letting agent Many landlords are happy to manage their properties by themselves, but there are those who would rather employ a letting agent. There are agents across Scotland, so how do you choose which one is best for you? Here are some considerations. 1.       Decide what level of service you […]

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