Citylets Podcast with Clan Gordon Letting

Gillian from Citylets interviewed Jonathan Gordon about the lettings industry in Edinburgh and allegedly stealing her Kit Kat at school.

Letting Agent Code of Practice: Q&A

The Letting Agent Code of Practice was introduced on 31st January 2018. Jonathan Gordon answers questions on why the Code of Practice is important for Edinburgh landlords and tenants.

Landlord Satisfaction Survey Results 2019

It’s that time of year again, the results of our 2019 Client Satisfaction Surveys are in; find out what our landlord clients think of Clan Gordon and the service we provide. This year 40% of our landlords took the time to complete...

Stockbridge: Buy to Let

Stockbridge (EH3, EH4) is always popular with Edinburgh tenants thanks to its central location, village feel, and a fantastic range of amenities. Contact us for tailored advice on buy to let opportunities in Stockbridge.

Edinburgh Buy to Let Market Update: Autumn 2018

CityLets have produced their third Rental Report of the year, providing valuable insight into the trends driving the Scottish rental market in the third quarter of 2018. We take a look at how these trends are affecting property investors, landlords and tenants...

Leith: Buy to Let

As a letting agent, we know first-hand how popular Leith (EH6, EH7) is with Edinburgh tenants. Contact us for tailored advice on buy to let opportunities in Leith.

The Herald Property Awards 2018: Finalists

The Clan Gordon team are delighted to be shortlisted for Residential Letting Team of the Year at The Herald Property Awards.

Edinburgh Buy to Let Market Update: Summer 2018

CityLets have released their second Rental Report of the year, providing insight into the trends that have guided the Scottish property market in Quarter 2 of 2018. We take a look at what these trends mean for Edinburgh tenants, landlords and property...

The Private Residential Tenancy: 6 Months On

The introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in December 2017 was the biggest shake up in the private residential lettings sector in recent years. Some aspects of the regime – in particular the removal of the minimum term for tenancies –...

The Scottish Home Awards 2018: Finalists

We are delighted to be finalists for Residential Letting Team of the Year at The Scottish Home Awards 2018.

Build to Rent: What does it mean for Edinburgh Lettings?

Build to Rent, a sub-sector of the private rented sector, is – despite a slow start – now enjoying substantial growth in Scotland. With several major developments planned across the country, we look at the potential effect of Build to Rent on...

How to Avoid Cowboy Builders: 6 Tips from The Federation of Master Builders

Cowboy builders are able to win work because they look convincing, but there are some precautions you can take to identify them and help make sure that your dream build does not turn into a nightmare.

Rent Pressure Zones: A Positive Move for Edinburgh Tenants?

Legislation has recently been passed in Scotland that paves the way for local councils to apply for rent pressure zones in areas where they deem rents to be increasing excessively. We take a look at what rent pressure zones could mean for...

PRS Fire and Electrical Safety: Are we doing enough to protect tenants?

The fire at Grenfell Tower shocked us all. Following this tragedy, it is natural that thoughts turn to the regulations and practices put in place to keep us safe in our homes. For those in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) the main...

Winner: The Scottish Home Awards 2017

Following on from our awards success in 2016, Clan Gordon have been named Residential Lettings Team of the Year at The Scottish Home Awards 2017.

Property of the Week: Walker Street

Find out more about our Edinburgh lettings property of the week on Walker Street.

One Year Until Introduction of Enforced Letting Agent Regulation in Scotland

One Year Until Introduction of Enforced Letting Agent Regulation in Scotland This time next year letting agents in Edinburgh will be preparing for the introduction of enforced letting agent regulation becoming a reality across the country. Under The Letting Agent Code of...

Christmas Fundraising Update

Thank you! On Sunday 4th December Team Clan Gordon braved the cold and ran the Edinburgh Christmas 10k in Inverleith Park to raise money for Fresh Start, a fantastic local charity supporting previously homeless households across Edinburgh. We chose to support Fresh...

New First-Tier Tribunal for the Private Rented Sector in Scotland

The first stage of the implementation of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 will take place on 1st December, 2016 as two existing housing panels – The Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) and Home Owner Housing Panel (HOHP) –merge to create the new...

Clan Gordon Supports Fresh Start

As Edinburgh letting agents, we firmly believe that everyone should have a home to call their own. Unfortunately, there are many people in Edinburgh who are not in this position so we have decided to support Fresh Start in the fantastic work...

Residential Letting Team of the Year 2016

We are delighted to have been awarded Residential Letting Team of the Year at The Herald Property Awards 2016.

Brexit: Impact on the Edinburgh property market?

Despite a majority vote of 62% in Scotland, and 74% in Edinburgh to remain in the European Union, the UK has voted to leave by a majority of 52% to 48%. We take a look at what this could mean for the...

And The Winner Is… Clan Gordon

We are delighted to have been awarded Scotland Lettings Agent of the Year at the Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2016.

Clan Gordon is Expanding

Clan Gordon is Expanding Meet the newest members of the team… 2016 has been a busy year so far for us here at Clan Gordon, and our team is growing to meet the demand.

Confirmed: The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill is coming

As Scotland moves another step closer to the introduction of The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, we take a look at how it will affect you as a landlord and as a tenant…

LBTT Additional Home Supplement

At last the Scottish Government has introduced tax legislation which deliberately differs from that set by the UK government. The UK government budget this week introduced their Stamp Duty supplement of 3% on all second homes bought for over £40,000. The Scottish...

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill - Initial Period

RICS Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to reconsider changes to the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill which will remove the initial period from the residential tenancy.

Letting Agent Code of Practice Published (Finally)

The Scottish Government has been working with key stakeholders including ARLA and the RICS on letting agent regulation for a number of years and finally they've published a very robust Code of Practice which we welcome. It will help to drive up...

Are Letting Agents a "Parcel of Rogues"?

When we launched Clan Gordon to focus on managing residential property, we knew we were entering a crowded market in Edinburgh with over 200 letting agents. However, with no clear brand leaders, and the industry having a poor reputation for customer service,...

Citylets Latest Report Highlights Strong Growth in Edinburgh Rents

The latest Citylets Report on the residential rental market covers their analysis of Q4 2015. It is worth noting that this only covers rental prices on new advertised properties. - it doesn't include rents on existing lets. Annual growth in Scotland has...

CIH Scotland Event on 20 January 2016 - Developments in the Private Rented Sector (PRS)

The Scottish Government today published the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s (ICIC) Stage 1 Report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill yesterday. This is a landmark bill which will replace the well-known and established assured and short assured tenancy regime with...

RICS Property Measurement

It's fairly likely that even some surveyors will wonder why professional measurement standards are required - "surely a metre is a metre is a metre!". However, true as that statement is, there are many aspects involved in measuring buildings which will usually...

Staff Training

Our staff are key to our success. As a firm of chartered surveyors we have always had to train our staff in lettings and management and we believe our in-house training has provided a diligent, knowledgeable and skilled workforce. We have now...

LettingStats Report Autumn 2015

The most striking thing about this report is clearly the 15% fall in average rental across Aberdeen. The rest of the country saw a mixed picture but with sustained growth of rents in Dundee and Edinburgh. Although 1 and 3 bed flats...

The End of the 10% Furniture Wear & Tear Allowance

This established system allows landlords to have a tax free allowance to help cover the cost of providing a furnished letting. Landlords renting out furnished property have been allowed, in their tax returns, to set off 10% of the rent income as...

Innovation in Mid Market Housing

Although few politicians are brave enough to call it a housing crisis, that is what Scotland, and the UK for that matter, faces. We are now so reliant on the remaining large traditional house-builders for any new housing that any political discussion...

RICS to launch Manifesto for Holyrood elections

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading property organisation in the UK and works closely with government and industry to promote best practice and help shape future policy direction. Hew Edgar, Policy Manager for Scotland, has engaged with members...

RICS Market Reports

With 11 of the 12 monthly reports from the RICS on the housing market now published it is clear that 2015 has seen a shift in the market. If your property had dipped into negative equity for you then it may have...

Citylets Latest Quarterly Report

With Scottish Government proceeding with tenancy reform, including limited rent control, it’s interesting to note we have never seen as many landlords bringing newly bought properties onto the market. The new wave of legislation making multiple mains smoke/heat alarms, EICRs and PATs...

Quarter 2 sees rent rise in all Edinburgh property types

Rental prices in Edinburgh rose in all flat sizes last quarter. One beds were up 6.6%, 2 beds by 8.8% and 3 beds by 7.2%. This is primarily due to demand continuing to outstrip supply.

New Tenancy Regime - Second Consultation Responses & Our Landlord Survey

The Scottish Government have published the responses to their second consultation here. We surveyed our own landlords to find out what they think about the proposals. 60% strongly agree with the proposal for a new tenancy regime with a further 8% agreeing....

Rents predicted to keep pace with inflation this year but estimated to rise by 4%/year after that

In the lettings sector, tenant demand seems to have gathered a little more impetus while landlord instructions to let out their property declined marginally for the second consecutive month (on a non seasonally adjusted basis). This may be a result of some...

First Quarter sees Rents Continue to Rise in the Edinburgh letting market

"The inexorable rise of the Edinburgh market continues, with average rents up 7.7% on last year to £913 per month. With 8 consecutive quarterly rises since Q1 2013, the trajectory for the Scottish capital now indeed mirrors that seen in Aberdeen in...

Creating a Modern Tenancy Regime Fit for Purpose

Summary The Scottish Government is currently carrying out a second public consultation on replacing the Short Assured Tenancy with a new modern tenancy regime - the Scottish Private Rented Tenancy. There is a PDF version of the Second Consultation and a word...

New Safety Standard in PRS (Private Rented Sector)

The Scottish Government is gradually introducing clearer standards for safety in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Most buy to let property let out long term must meet these standards. Many landlords often feel that the industry is becoming over regulated. Safety of...

Latest Citylets and RICS Market Reports Released

During the second quarter of 2014, the average mix adjusted rent in Edinburgh was £860 which is a significant 5.1% up on last year, beating the national rise of 4.3%. This latest uplift continues the trend of sustained growth in the past...

Housing Bill 2013 - Stage 1 Committee

The Scottish Government is bringing forward a new Housing Bill that covers areas such as Right to Buy, and Regulation of letting agents. Jonathan gave evidence in February to the Scottish Parliament Committee examining the latest Housing Bill in his role as...