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Boiler Scrappage Scheme

Friday, November 19th, 2010

On the 9th November 2010 the Scottish Government announced a Boiler Scrappage Scheme which will provide vouchers to landlords for £400 towards the replacement of the most inefficient boilers in rental properties.

Up to 750 landlords are expected to benefit on a first-come first-served basis from the 9 November 2010.

Landlords can apply for the voucher by calling the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012.

For more information please see the following

153 Properties let in the past 3 months!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

There has been a huge increase in demand for privately rented apartments and we have successfully let 153 properties for our landlords in the past 3 months.

We are still faced with a huge demand from tenants looking to find their happy place and are in need of more landlords with properties to let.

Happy Lets joins national award scheme recognising the best estate & letting agents in the country.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The scheme, well known in the property industry as the ESTAS, measures the quality of customer service provided by agents through the home buying, selling  and rental process.

Phil Spencer, presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location property programme says “I think it says a great deal about company who’s prepared to stand up and announce to customers and competitors that they believe in providing the best possible service and they’re happy to prove it.  These awards help agencies to focus on customer service levels and that’s why so many sign up each year”

“Any agent that signs up for the ESTAS is making a public pledge that they are focused on providing the best possible service to their clients whether they be buying , selling or renting through the agent” says Simon Brown, Managing Director of Awards For Business who run the national scheme.  “Customers should always ask if they are an ESTA Agent, and if not why not?”

The national scheme is backed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

David Dalby, Residential Director at RICS, said “This is the sixth year that RICS have been involved with the awards, which we support because the results are based solely on customer satisfaction rather than the opinions of a judging panel.”

 “To win an Estate or Letting Agent of the Year Award, a firm has to demonstrate a consistently high level of service and, to achieve this, they must ensure that staff follow those standards of efficiency, good communication and transparency that differentiate the exceptional agent from the ordinary one.”

Fewer flats leads to rent increases

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The lettings market in Scotland is expected to continue to recover after rents were pushed higher in the three months to April this year, experts said today.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members said rents were being driven higher by a continuing decline in the number of houses and flats available to let.

The chartered surveyors are optimistic the market will continue to recover, with a balance of 40% expecting rents to continue rising, a leap from 19% April 2009.

Houses remained marginally more popular than flats but flats had started to re-establish their appeal in the three months to April, the letting survey by the RICS found.

Meanwhile, demand for rental property remained strong, with 73% more surveyors reporting a rise rather than a fall, up 34% on the same time last year.

Across the UK, 30% more of RICS members reported seeing rising rents during the three months to April.

© The Herald
Originally published: 26.05.2010

Private landlord registration – time to renew?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

For many landlords it has been three years since they first registered as a private landlord with the Council. The relevant Council should write/email landlords providing advance notice of the requirement to re-register with the Council and the expiry date of their current registration.

To avoid late payment fees landlords are advised to ensure that they re-register with the Council before their current registration expires.

To check when your registration expires log onto to log into your account, or to find the contact details for your local Authority.