The Key Place Newsletter, December 2016 1st Dec 2016

Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter, giving you news from across the rental industry.  This month we look at how standards are being raised across the Private Rented Sector.  We explore things to consider before becoming a landlord.  With Christmas only 3 weeks away we discuss homelessness in Scotland.  We look at how to deal with condensation and mould, a growing problem over the winter months.  Lindsays solicitors discuss the importance of Power of Attorney.  And finally we introduce you to our new, mobile friendly website.  We hope you enjoy The Key Place newsletter.  Please share with friends and they can subscribe to be added to our mailing list. 

Homeless Scotland 1st Dec 2016

Christmas Day, and a huge number of us will wake up in a warm home, anticipating a day of food, drink and fun filled festivities. However let’s spare a thought for those who are homeless; a growing tragedy in Scotland, and shameful for one of the world’s richest countries.

Raising Standards in the PRS 1st Dec 2016

As we noted in last month’s newsletter, the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland now represents 14% (350,000) of all households, and it is set to keep on growing. This growth has, quite rightly, resulted in standards within the PRS being raised, as pressure has been put on the sector by industry bodies, and by tenants themselves. An increase in regulations has brought about numerous changes over recent years, such as the introduction of the tenancy deposit scheme, the abolition of tenant fees, and a much needed increase in safety regulations within the PRS. In 2017 we will see the changes to the Private Tenancies Bill. However recent research by Shelter Scotland has highlighted the number of tenants who present to them with reports of poor conditions and illegal evictions and...

So you want to be a landlord? 1st Dec 2016

With demand for rental property far outstripping supply, now is a great time to think about becoming a landlord. However there are a number of things to consider before taking the plunge:

Condensation and Mould 1st Dec 2016

A recent study by Help-Link has found that in Scotland, 21% of tenants are living in a house that is damp, and a tenth don’t have working heating. According to the same survey, once these issues were raised with the landlord, it took an average of 7 and half weeks to deal with the problem.

Power of Attorney 1st Dec 2016

Lindsays is an award winning law firm that combines a high quality of service with legal expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes and results for individuals, families and businesses.  Setting up a Power of Attorney may be critical to you as a landlord.  Follow the link below to read Lindsays' advice as to why . . .

The Key Place Website 1st Dec 2016

The Key Place has invested in our website to make it mobile friendly and easily accessible to users.  Recent statistics show that 80% of internet users own a smartphone, with web searching on mobile devices overtaking desktop browsing.  User experience is paramount, and prospective tenants can now see properties for rent clearly, and can follow up to book a viewing.  Why not have a look for yourself and see what you think . . .