Posted on Febuary 19, 2020 at 3:55 PM
The Scottish Government has advised that it intends to postpone the introduction of the minimum EPC requirement until 1 October 2020 due to delays in finalising the regulations. The government now intends to lay final regulations before parliament by April to introduce the minimum standards, which are detailed below.
Private rented sector properties in Scotland will need to achieve at least:
EPC of E at change of tenancy from 1 – October 2020
All rental properties must have an EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022
EPC of D at change of tenancy from 1 April 2022
All rental properties must have an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025
In some situations it is proposed that there will be exemptions, including where:
Posted on Febuary 19, 2020 at 3:53 PM
Following a public consultation on the regulation of short term/holiday lets last year, that government has announced plans to regulate the sector.
The Housing Minister announced in parliament that the Scottish Government will:
Introduce licencing for short-term lets, under the Civil Government (Scotland) Act 1982, with a mandatory safety component which will apply to all short-term lets across Scotland. Local authorities will also be given the discretion to put in place further conditions; to help tackle littering or overcrowding of properties, for example.
Give local authorities the power to introduce short-term let control areas within which planning permission will always be required for the change of use of whole prope
Posted on November 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM
The Scottish Government recently conducted a review of the operation of the tenancy deposit schemes, and have made amendments to the deposit scheme legislation which come into force on 11 November 2019. The amendments of relevance to landlords are:
Landlords will no longer be required to lodge deposits with a scheme if the tenancy is ended and the deposit returned to the tenant in full within 30 working days of the tenancy commencing. This avoids the need to lodge deposits for very short tenancies. However, if the landlord wishes to make deductions from the deposit then it must first be lodged with a scheme.
Where both parties agree that the deposit can be paid in instalments during the tenancy, each instalment must be paid to a s
Posted on October 23, 2019 at 11:47 AM
Here are my thoughts on the current sales market.
The weekly run-rate on one of the Uk’ most popular property websites for property coming to market in October - that is, the average number of new listings per week - is 24,539, the lowest total at this time of year since October 2009.
With that slowing in the number of properties coming to market, down by 13.5 per cent compared with this time last year, I would suggest that these are strong indications that many would-be sellers are being deterred by the combination of muted pricing power and short-term political uncertainty.
In contrast, buyers seem undeterred, with the year-on-year number of sales agreed being little changed, down by just 0.5 per cent.<
Posted on October 17, 2019 at 3:08 PM
Lynsie Cameron has been extremely busy listing and selling properties this year in the East End of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.
Her clients have been most impressed with her high levels of service and commitment to help them through the selling process. Well done Lynsie !
If you are thinking of selling your property why not give her a call on 0141 370 7050 ?
Posted on September 16, 2019 at 2:39 PM
Paul Murphy joins Ross Sales & Lettings …. We are excited to announce that we have a new member to our team “Paul Murphy”. Paul has been an estate agent for over 30 years and has a vast knowledge of the property industry. We are looking forward to working with him. If you’re thinking of selling your property why not give him a call on 0141 370 7050.
Posted on August 26, 2019 at 12:15 PM
If you are in Bothwell, Glasgow this week or next look out for our Scarecrow in the Main Street. We are one of the Sponsors for this year’s Bothwell Scarecrow Festival. Robert Ross and Lynsie Cameron will also be taking part in the 5k run. Good luck guys !!! www.bothwellscarecrowfestival.co.uk/
Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM
Did you know that as of the 31st of January 2019 any person working for or as a letting agent must adhere to the Letting Agent Code of Practice?
The code practice should help landlords and tenants understand what they should expect if they rent their property through a letting agent.
The good news is that we have sat and passed all our exams and are complying with the current legislation.
Should you wish to find out more about the new code of practice please give me a call on 0141 370 7050.
Posted on July 09, 2019 at 12:33 PM
We are super excited to be one of the “Gold” sponsors for this year’s “Bothwell Scarecrow Festival”
Save the date 7-15 September
Last year’s event was brilliant. With over 450 Scarecrows displayed, 30 events and 30,000 followers it was our biggest yet! Once again this year we have a number of new events and activities, as well as some firmly established favourites and with the support of our sponsors and everyone in the community I know that we can make this, our 9th year, the best one yet!
The team are busy planning this year’s events with lots of favourites coming back this year.
It all begins with Sport Weekend, which includes the Scarecrow Champions League Football Tournament on Saturday 7th September, foll
Posted on June 12, 2019 at 5:13 PM
Our sales manager "Lynsie Cameron" recently held an "Open House" event for a property we were selling in Bellshill. Not only did this attract viewers that did not come through the online property portals it helped to attract a fantastic offer which our client is delighted with. Great work Lynsie !!!
Posted on May 22, 2019 at 1:18 PM
You may not be aware that The Scottish Government consulted in 2018 on proposed changes to Landlord Registration fees.
The increases have now been approved and will be implemented from 11 June 2019.The increases are as follows:
• Principal Fee £55 will increase to £65
• Property Fee £11 will increase to £15 per property
• Discounted Principal Fee £27.50 will increase to £32.50
• Late Application fees £110 will increase to £130 for each owner
Landlords whose registration expires before 8 September 2019, can renew before the 11 June 2019 and pay at the existing rates.
For further information regarding changes to the fees and the consultation that took place, can be found at more
Posted on April 29, 2019 at 1:22 PM
The Scottish Association of Landlords who we are members of have recently met with the Scottish Government to get an update on the minimum EPC requirement which is due to come in next year for PRS properties. We’ve been advised that draft legislation and guidance will be published for consultation at the end of May and following this regulation will be laid before parliament in the autumn to introduce the following minimum requirements: –
• properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E at change of tenancy from 1 April 2020
• all rental properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022
• properties must have a minimum EPC rating of D at change of tenancy from 1 April 2022
• all rental properties must have a minimu
Posted on April 25, 2019 at 2:28 PM
Congratulations to one of our Directors “Robert Ross” for passing his exams and becoming a Certified Practitioner at the CIH “Chartered Institute of Housing”. Well done Robert!