Archive for the ‘Landlords’ Category

Prices remain competitive in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK and the rental sector continues to show signs of growth at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets. The latest Registers of Scotland monthly house price statistics show that the average price of residential property in Scotland rose by 2.6 per […]

Homeowners are being given help to run their properties more efficiently, or to introduce renewable technologies, thanks to a new interest-free loan scheme. Loans of up to £32,500 will be available through The Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme – which was launched on May 2. A total £34 million in funding is available to owner-occupiers […]

If you rent your home, there may be a time when it suits you to sublet. Perhaps you’re planning a round-the-world working holiday but want to keep your much-loved flat or house to return to when you get back. Maybe you’re moving in with the love of your life but want to keep your options […]

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. […]

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