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...