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Archive: Oct 2013

Glasgow Is Safest Haven For Student Digs Investors

Glasgow, Hull and Manchester have topped a list of the most lucrative towns for student accommodation buy-to-let investors. The average yield on a typical four-bed student property in the UK is 3.79%. However, research by property website found that comparative average gross yields in Glasgow are much higher –… Read More

How To Keep Warm This Winter

The great man-made global warming debate is entering an interesting phase, as early snow blankets much of Britain. If this winter is anything like as cold and long as last year’s, my postbag will soon be bulging with cries for help. I expect the top topics will be: Condensing boilers… Read More

Legislation Matters: Deposit Scheme

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme Regulations (Scotland) 2011 came into force last year and imposed specific duties on landlords with regard to tenants’ deposits. In terms of the regulations the landlord has two specific duties:- • to lodge any deposit received from a tenant with an approved tenancy deposit scheme no… Read More

Tenants Win 81% of Disputes

The Tenant Deposit Scheme recently released surprising figures showing that only 19 per cent of disputes over tenant’s deposits are won by landlords. This statistic could be vastly improved if landlords better protected themselves at the start, during and at the end of a tenancy agreement, says the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks… Read More

Mydeposits Unveils Wear and Tear Guidelines for Landlords

With so much confusion among landlords about the rules surrounding fair wear and tear, the tenancy deposit protection scheme, mydeposits, has created a guide for landlords, offering advice on how to make a fair judgement call at the end of the tenancy period. Although the topic of wear and tear is… Read More

Scottish Rental Prices Are Rising

The private rental market in Scotland continues to go from strength to strength, with rents rising across much of the country, led by gains in Aberdeen, fresh figures show. Citylets’ quarterly Scottish rental market report, based on more than 50,000 annual lettings from more than 400 agents, reveals that average… Read More