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Guidance for landlord

GETTING READY TO RENT

There are a variety of housing laws and regulations relating to renting out a property in Scotland.   These are regularly reviewed and changed, failure to comply can lead to prosecution and hefty fines.    In the main these are directed towards health and safety to ensure tenants are not put at risk.

Its essential to take the time to understand your obligations as a landlord and get your paperwork in order.  Again, we can take you through this step by step.  

  

MUST HAVES

  •             MORTGAGE LENDER PERMISSION - in writing
  •             INSURANCE - check your buildings and contents insurance is appropriate
  •             LANDLORD REGISTRATION -  www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk
  •             ANNUAL GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE - carried out by qualified gas engineer
  •             EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)
  •             LEGIONELLA - risk assessment
  •             SMOKE DETECTORS – mains operated and interlinked
  •             ELECTRICAL CHECK (EICR) for wiring and appliances
  •             CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

THE BEST PRESENTED PROPERTIES ALWAYS RENT FIRST

A few suggestions:

  •             Take care of obvious repairs or maintenance
  •             Electrical, gas, plumbing, must be safe and in good order
  •             Decor is best kept neutral and fresh
  •             Furniture should be in good condition and comply with current legislation 
  •             Beds should have a good quality mattress and protective cover
  •             Kitchens and bathrooms 'sell' rented properties  
  •             A shower is essential for most tenants
  •             Cleanliness is vital
  •             Tidy external paintwork, windows clean and garden tidy

 

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