Students; find your happy place!

July 30th, 2014

Happy Lets are pleased to bring to the market Kelvingrove House, Glasgow’s newest student development.

Kelvingrove house should be your happy place because:

-The development provides a mix of shared or individual studios and larger apartments that cater for both UK and international residents that would impress even the most discerning student.

-The company behind the development are market leaders and have sites across the UK, they offer an unparalleled professional service and high quality, affordable accommodation for the student population.

-It provides comfortable and homely surroundings for student residents whilst supporting them in their journey to a new and sometimes daunting city.

-It is ideally located in Glasgow’s popular West End close to the University and opposite beautiful Kelvingrove park.

-It is a brand new development which officially opens in September 2014, bookings are being taken now and show flats are available for viewings.

-There is free 20Mb Fibre Optic Broadband with WiFi throughout

-Bills are included

-On site Tesco Metro

For more information and to find out why Kelvingrove House should be your happy place please contact us on 0141 334 4633 or email happystudent@happylets.co.uk

Serviced Apartments in Glasgow

June 24th, 2014

Happy Lets recently expanded our letting services to cover management of serviced apartments in Glasgow.

We have a selection of properties available for corporate and event related short-term lets which has proved extremely successful and are now actively seeking landlords who wish to offer their rental properties on a short let basis.
The benefits of short term lets can be huge. Along with the greater potential to enjoy a higher rental return on a week by week basis, landlords who let for the short term often enjoy greater security, safe in the knowledge that corporate and event clients are trusted tenants who arrive with few complications and demands.

Happy Lets is a professional, ARLA Licenced company so you can rest assured that you would be dealing with a company you can trust and will provide a high quality service.

If you have a quality property available for short-term rentals or are looking for short-term lets for yourself, clients or staff please contact us on 0141 334 4633 or email holidaylets@happylets.co.uk for more information.

Here is one of the select properties currently available:

http://www.citylets.co.uk/property-rent/west-end-caledon-street-g12-347487/

NFOPP Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management Scotland

April 7th, 2014

Congratulations to Pamela and Isla, our most recent staff members to gain the NFOPP Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management Scotland.
70% of our team have now gained or are studying for the qualification so landlords and tenants can rest assured they are dealing with staff who have the relevant industry knowledge and a commitment to operating to the highest standards.

Happy Lets is 1ST out of 76 Agents

April 3rd, 2014

In March Happy Lets Glasgow were 1ST OUT OF 76 AGENTS to win new listings and 3RD for available stock.
(Rightmove.co.uk competitor analysis)
If you are looking for a property to let please visit our website for a great choice of properties; early viewing is advised as properties are not staying on the market for long!

Relocation of Happy Lets Glasgow Office Premises

March 31st, 2014

Since launching our letting business in 2005 our home has been 1313 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TL.
Whilst 13 may be unlucky for some, 1313 has proved to be a successful base to us over the years.  Over time, and as a result of continued loyal support from our valued clients, the company has grown in staff and customer numbers and in August 2013 we moved into bigger premises.

The move was bittersweet as we have fond memories of our initial years at 1313 but are looking forward to continued growth from
our new premises.

We are now very settled in our new premises at 1287-1289 Argyle Street, just a few doors down from our old office.

If you are an existing or prospective landlord or tenant please feel free to visit us in our new and improved office surroundings.

Happy Lets are proud to be displayed on Glasgow’s prominent Cityscreen and bring some much needed brightness to Glasgow’s skyline!

June 15th, 2012

Happy Lets are proud to be displayed on Glasgow’s prominent Cityscreen and bring some much needed brightness to Glasgow’s skyline!

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Scotland

April 10th, 2012

In March 2011 the Scottish Parliament passed the detailed regulations to introduce tenancy deposit protection in Scotland.

The Government has just approved the first Tenancy Deposit Scheme with a launch date of 2nd July 2012. 

Two further schemes are still being considered, with the intention of all three being operational at the start of July.From this date it will be compulsory for landlords and letting agents in Scotland to protect their deposits with a Government approved scheme.
If you would like further information on how the regulations will affect you please contact our office.

Happy Lets take part in the Wiseman Welly Walk in support of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hopsice

March 6th, 2012

 

Happy Lets were proud to take part in the Wiseman Welly Walk in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on Sunday 4th March. A great day was had by all and the event has raised over £25000 so far for The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow!

Happy Lets alone have raised £910 but our sponsorship page is still open and would welcome any donations for this fantastic cause.

You can sponsor us by following the link http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/happy_lets

Viewing Agent/Lettings Administrator required to join our Glasgow Office

May 16th, 2011

We are looking for a temporary lettings administrator/viewing agent with experience in a letting environment to join our team in Glasgow.

The contract will initially be for a 5 month period however this may be extended or lead to a permanent position.

Please contact preet@happylets.co.uk for full vacancy details.

Tenancy Deposit Schemes in Scotland – What does this mean for landlords?

March 16th, 2011

Taken from www.nfopp.co.uk (The National Federation of Property Professionals)

What do the regulations do?

The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 became law on 7 March 2011. The regulations set out the framework for the approval of tenancy deposit schemes. This paves the way for potential scheme providers to develop and submit proposals for the operation of tenancy deposit schemes to Scottish Ministers for consideration.

What is a tenancy deposit scheme?

A tenancy deposit scheme is a scheme designed to protect tenants’ deposits by placing them with an independent third party. 

Why introduce tenancy deposit schemes?

The main objectives of requiring deposits to be safeguarded by tenancy deposit schemes are:

·       To end the practice of unfairly withholding deposits;

·       To ensure that deposits are safeguarded throughout the duration of the tenancy;

·       To ensure that deposits are returned quickly and fairly, particularly where there is a dispute over the return of the deposit, or proportion of it, to tenant or landlord.

What will tenancy deposit schemes look like?

  • Tenancy deposits will be protected by an independent third party  Landlords must submit deposits to the administrator of an approved scheme. The deposit will be protected in a designated account until it is due to be repaid.
  • Schemes will be free to landlords  Tenants will not have to pay a charge to their landlord, or to the scheme in order to protect their deposits.
  • Quick repayment of deposits where there is no dispute  Landlords will apply for the return of the deposit when the tenancy ends. The scheme administrator must return the deposit within five working days of obtaining agreement by the tenant.
  • Free access to an independent dispute resolution service  Every approved scheme must provide a way for disagreements over the return of deposits to be resolved.  This service will be available as an alternative option to the tenant taking legal action for recovery of a deposit through the court.
  • Provision of information  Landlords will be required to issue the tenant with key information relating to the tenancy, deposit and the scheme that safeguards the deposit. Approved schemes will also be required to produce an information leaflet detailing their rules and procedures.
  • Provision of information to local authorities  Landlords must provide information about their registration status on submission of a deposit to an approved scheme. This information will be referred to the relevant local authority to assist with identification of unregistered landlords and/or properties.
  • Sanctions for non compliance  Tenants will be able to apply to the court for sanctions to be applied against a landlord who fails to protect deposits and/or provide information in accordance with the regulations.
  • Schemes must be self-financing  Scheme proposals must demonstrate a robust business plan that will enable the scheme to operate without the need for reliance on subsidy from the taxpayer.
  • Performance monitoring and review  Approved schemes will be monitored on a regular basis by means of quarterly and annual reports. A set of Key Performance Indicators have been developed to aid assessment of key activities.

When will tenancy deposit schemes be implemented?

Scottish Ministers are now able to consider proposals for the operation of tenancy deposit schemes, which they will assess against the conditions that are set out in the regulations. 

Once any suitable proposals have been received and approved, details of the schemes and the dates on which they will be available for use will be announced in due course.

What will the regulations mean for landlords?

Once a tenancy deposit scheme is approved, any tenancy deposit accepted by a landlord must be deposited with an approved scheme within 30 working days of the commencement of a tenancy.

At the same time the landlord must ensure that key information is provided to the tenant, including details about the amount of the deposit and the location of the scheme where it is being held.

The deposit will then be kept by the scheme administrator in an account maintained for the purpose of holding tenancy deposits until they are repaid. The landlord must also provide proof of registration with the local authority when the deposit is paid over.

These duties relating to tenancy deposit regulations will not apply until an approved scheme is implemented. 

Which landlords must comply with the regulations?

Every landlord that is required to register in the local authority register of landlords, in accordance with the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 (landlord registration), will need to comply with the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

This includes landlords of assured and short assured tenancies, university accommodation, as well as various other types of occupancy arrangement. 

When must deposits be protected?

This will vary, depending on when the deposit was received, and when the first scheme becomes operational.

All deposits received after a scheme first becomes operational must be submitted to an approved scheme, and information provided to tenants within 30 working days of the start of the tenancy.

Landlords already holding deposits before a scheme becomes operational must also protect deposits but will be allowed more time to submit them to an approved scheme.

What will the regulations mean for letting agents?

The duties in relation to tenancy deposits apply to landlords, as the person requiring the deposit. This does not mean that the landlord cannot employ an agent to act on his behalf to manage a tenancy, as they do now.

However, it will be in the interests of landlords who employ a letting agent to act on their behalf to satisfy themselves that the agent is acting in accordance with the regulations i.e. submitting deposits to an approved scheme and providing information to the tenant within the required timescales.

Any sanctions imposed as a result of an application by the tenant to a sheriff for non-compliance with the regulations, would apply to the landlord. The landlord may take action against the agent through the court if there has been a breach of contract, as is the case now.

Further information

Information about the regulations and tenancy deposit schemes can be found on the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/privaterent

A copy of the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 can be found on the UK legislation website at www.legislation.gov.uk.