How Landlords can Build Better Relations with Tenants

A landlord/tenant relationship is, in its basic sense, a business deal. And, like most business deals, the better the relationship between both sides, the smoother the process. Getting on with one another just makes so much more sense for both sides –...

A Landlord’s Guide to Managing Late Rental Payments

Cutting off the gas supply, changing the locks and even taking out the windows – landlords have resorted to all of these tactics in order to get rid of non-paying tenants. These are extreme measures that we definitely don’t advise here at...

How Should a Landlord Refurbish a Rental Property?

One of the best ways to overcome the recent landlord tax relief cuts is to increase the amount of rent your property brings in. That’s all very well, but in order to do this, either all the rents in the street will...

Why Photos are Crucial when Tenants are Searching

Most potential tenants these days head straight for the internet when looking for a property to rent. Their first look at what a potential place to rent is like is via the photos that are uploaded on that particular site. It won’t...

8 Things to Think about when Looking for your Next Tenant

Every landlord prays their tenant turns out to be ‘one of the good ones’. That’s the type that pays their rent on time every month and only rings when they need legitimate repairs. Or even, rings to warn of an issue that,...

Delivering High Standards in the Rented Sector

Jonathan Gordon, Managing Director of Clan Gordon dropped into Lets Talk by Citylets to join Gillian for episode 12 and discusses his lettings company that he runs with his brother Andrew. Focused on delivering high standards within the private rented sector (PRS),...

HMO Licence: Landlord Responsibilities

If you own an HMO property, it is essential that it is managed properly to keep both you and your tenants protected. Is your letting agent taking the required steps to ensure your property meets strict HMO legislation? Jonathan Gordon talks about...

How Good Is Your Letting Agent?

At Clan Gordon, we regularly take over the management of properties from other Edinburgh letting agents and are, all too frequently, surprised by the condition of the property and the lack of safety certificates. Jonathan Gordon talks about some recent examples and...

Letting Agent Let You Down?

Choosing the best letting agent to manage your property can feel like an impossible task; you need an agent who you can trust to maintain your most valuable asset, who will also provide a high level of service to your tenants. You...

10 Considerations for First-Time Property Investors

Investing in property is an attractive prospect for many – with reports of a booming sales market and ever-increasing rent levels – it seems to be an easy route to making money. However, buying an investment property can be a complicated, time-consuming...

Is Your Letting Agent Registered?

Letting agent registration was introduced by the Scottish Government in January 2018. One year on, and three months after the compulsory registration date, we look at why it is important to check if your letting agent is registered.

Why Sell Off-Market?

4 reasons to consider selling your property off-market. We are constantly hearing about the performance of the Edinburgh property market, especially in relation to the shortage of properties pushing up sales prices. However, many landlords and property owners are surprised to hear...

How to Furnish A Rental Property

High quality furnished properties – especially one- and two-bedroom flats – are in high demand across Edinburgh. Find out how to furnish your rental property well, without spending a fortune, helping to maximise your rental income and find the best tenant for...

Rental Property: Furnished or Unfurnished?

Should I rent my property furnished or unfurnished? This is the one question asked by almost every new landlord; there really is no right or wrong answer. We look at the main considerations for furnished and unfurnished properties to help you choose...

Landlord Responsibilities and Obligations

Whether you are a first-time landlord or have been managing a portfolio of rental properties for many years, it is important to keep up to date on your responsibilities and obligations as a landlord. Knowing your responsibilities will protect you, your investment...

What is Landlord Insurance? Frequently Asked Questions

Your buy to let property is a significant asset, so it is important to make sure your investment is protected by having adequate insurance in place. We have answered some of the most common questions landlords ask us relating to landlord insurance.

How To Find A Good Tenant

As a landlord, finding a ‘good’ tenant to rent your property is the most important phase of the lettings process. Your tenant is someone you will trust to look after your most significant asset, alert you when something goes wrong with your...

Overseas Landlord Guide: Rent Your Home When Moving Abroad

Life can be unpredictable. You have the opportunity to move abroad and have to decide what to do with your home while you are away: do you sell or find tenants? We work with landlords who are based all over the world...

Switching to Long Term Renting: Considerations for Edinburgh Landlords

There is no denying that short term holiday lets are big business in Edinburgh – there were over 120,000 Airbnb stays booked in the city during August 2018 alone – but, now that the Festival is over, can short term rentals remain...

How to Change Letting Agent in One Easy Step

Changing letting agent is a quick and straightforward process, requiring just one action from the landlord; your new letting agent will take care of the rest.

Non-Resident Landlords: Tax

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have strict rules regarding income tax payable on profits for landlords who rent out their property in the UK when living abroad. As a non-resident landlord it is important to know what steps to take to ensure...

How to Choose the Best Letting Agent

There are over 200 letting agents operating in Edinburgh, each offering their own take on lettings and property management, making it challenging for new landlords to narrow down their search and choose the letting agent that is the best match for them...

First Time Landlord: Costs

Inheriting a property, relocating for work, or moving to a larger or smaller property are just some of the reasons that someone could find themselves in the position of owning a property that they don’t live in. A decision then has to...

Landlord Satisfaction Survey Results 2018

Each year we ask our landlord and tenant clients to complete our Satisfaction Surveys to let us know what they think of Clan Gordon and help us to continuously improve our service. Find out what our landlords think of Clan Gordon.

Leith Buy to Let Investment: One Bedroom Flat

Purchasing an Edinburgh investment property can be a daunting prospect, even for the most seasoned property investors. We take a look at considerations for landlords looking to buy a one bedroom investment property in Leith.

Long Term or Short Term Rentals: Which is best for you?

In Edinburgh, a city with great potential for both long and short term rental opportunities, it can be difficult for landlords to decide what type of tenancy is best suited to both them and their property. We take a look at the...

Private Residential Tenancy: Key Changes for Landlords

From 1st December 2017 the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) regime will be introduced, replacing the Short Assured Tenancy, which has been used for residential tenancy agreements in Scotland since 1989. We look at the main changes facing landlords when switching from...

The New Private Residential Tenancy: No Minimum Term

From 1st December 2017 the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) regime will be introduced across Scotland. We take a look at 4 key considerations for Edinburgh landlords surrounding the omission of an end date in Scottish tenancy agreements.

A Proposed Minimum Standard for Energy Efficiency in the PRS: Does Your Property Comply?

The Scottish Government recently carried out a consultation proposing a minimum standard for energy efficiency in housing in the private rented sector. We take a look at what was proposed in the consultation, and how Scottish landlords will be affected if a...

Landlord Survey Results 2017

Find out how our landlord clients rate Clan Gordon with our 2017 Client Satisfaction Survey results.

5 Top Tips to Improve Rental Yield

For Edinburgh property investors, the average rental yield achieved tends to be between 4% and 6%. However, due to a competitive market pushing up property prices – especially for one and two bedroom flats – it is becoming increasingly difficult for investors...

Rental Yield: Everything you need to know

When looking for a buy to let investment opportunity in Edinburgh, one of the primary considerations for many landlords is the potential rental yield of the property. Find out why rental yield is important, how to calculate both the gross and net...

Changing Letting Agent: Common Myths

Lack of communication; overpriced maintenance charges; high turnover of staff; long void periods in between tenancies: there are many reasons why a landlord may consider moving the management of their property to a different letting agent. Many landlords tend to choose a...

5 Benefits of Using a Property Management Company

There are many benefits to using a property management company for your Edinburgh lettings property, we have put together 5 of the main benefits below. Property management is a growing business in the UK; there are currently over 200 letting agencies in...

Final Electrical Safety Deadline

Changes to the Repairing Standard under The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 has resulted in increased requirements for electrical safety in Scottish rental properties. The final deadline for electrical safety in lettings properties will come into force from 1st December, 2016. Now is...

5 Tips to Create Great Property Marketing Photographs

Are you an Edinburgh landlord, struggling to generate viewings for your rental property? Whether you are marketing the property yourself or using a letting agent, it may be time to revaluate your marketing pictures to ensure they are showing the property at...

The Benefits of Using a Regulated Letting Agent

As a regulated agent we follow strict rules of professional conduct at all times so, whether looking to rent, buy or sell their property, our clients know that their asset is in safe hands.

Does Your Rental Property Meet Current Safety Legislation?

Over the past twelve months’ changes to legislation surrounding safety requirements in rental properties has changed, resulting in a higher standard of safety for tenants and additional safety checks for landlords and agents. In order to ensure that your property meets the...

End of Council Stair Lighting Service – What does this mean for you?

The City of Edinburgh Council recently announced that they will no longer be providing their long standing repair and maintenance service for stair lighting in tenement blocks. We take a look at what this means for landlords and tenants.

Legionella: A Landlord Guide

Legionella risk assessments are now mandatory for all rented properties. We take a look at what is required for landlords to be compliant.

2016 Landlord Survey Results

2016 Landlord Survey Results The results are in for our 2016 Landlord and Tenant Satisfaction Surveys, see below for how our landlords rate us…

5 Top Tips for Buy to Let Property Renovation

Buy to let properties come in all shapes and sizes and in order to ensure the best possible return on your investment, and attract high calibre tenants, it may be necessary to carry out some renovation works before marketing the property for...

Landlord Insurance Block Policy

Happy new year to all our clients and tenants! We hope 2016 will be a happy and prosperous one for you all. With our own insurance renewal about to start for Clan Gordon we thought it would be a good time to...