Sigma adds to UK teams with four new appointments

Private rental sector and build to rent residential and urban regeneration specialist Sigma Capital Group has strengthened its team with four new appointments across Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

Published 2 December 2021

Legislation on short-term lets introduced

Councils will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of their local communities under legislation laid before the Scottish Parliament.

Published 24 November 2021

Unprotected tenancy deposits continue to cost landlords in housing tribunal proceedings

Two applications by former tenants of Glasgow properties made after their landlords failed to place their tenancy deposits into an approved tenancy deposit scheme have resulted in awards of £500 and £6,000 from The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland’s Housing and Property Chamber.

Published 23 November 2021

Above inflation rent increases spark calls for rent controls and more social housing

Average rents for two-bedroom properties have increased above inflation in ten out of 18 areas in Scotland compared with 2020, according to official figures from the Scottish Government.

Published 17 November 2021

England: Landlord possessions increase by 207%

Homelessness charity Crisis has criticised the UK Government for failing to provide effective support for renters following the end of a coronavirus-linked eviction ban in England after new figures revealed that the number of landlord possessions has soared by 207%.

Published 12 November 2021

Landlord perspectives on temporary PRS legislation explored in new research

A new report has been published that explores temporary legislation introduced by the UK and Scottish governments to prevent the pandemic leading to a surge in evictions in both the private rented sector (PRS) and the social rented sector.

Published 9 November 2021

Andrew Watson: Unwinding the pandemic rent arrears crisis

University of Glasgow researcher Andrew Watson highlights the findings from a report, published yesterday, that explores temporary legislation introduced by the UK and Scottish governments to prevent the pandemic leading to a surge in evictions in both the private rented sector (PRS) and the social rented sector.

Published 9 November 2021

James Gibb acquires residential factoring arm of Aberdeen-based FG Burnett

Scottish factoring business James Gibb Residential Factors has acquired the residential factoring division of Aberdeen-based commercial property consultancy FG Burnett.

Published 8 November 2021

Holiday cottage owner and landlord fined for gas heater maintenance failures

The owner and landlord of a holiday cottage where a teenager died have been fined after failing to maintain the gas heaters.

Published 29 October 2021

Surge in demand hits Scottish rental market

A surge in demand for property to rent in Scotland has sent available stock levels down almost two thirds in just three months with many prospective tenants around the country having unusual difficulty finding a home, according to the latest property rental report by Citylets.

Published 29 October 2021

Lettings agency bemoans 'crazy' Glasgow property rental prices

The residential property letting market in Glasgow and its surrounding areas is “going crazy” with rental prices soaring to record levels, according to Riccardo Giovanacci, the managing director of agency Newton Letting. 

Published 21 October 2021

Scottish landlords warn of winter shortage of homes for private rent

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private rented sector (PRS) landlords and letting agents has warned of a shortage of properties available to rent over the winter, increasing pressure on emergency housing provided by councils.

Published 11 October 2021

SLE welcomes 'proportionate response' to short-term lets licensing concerns

The Scottish Government has addressed a number of concerns outlined by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) with changes to the licensing scheme for short-term lets, the rural business body has revealed.

Published 11 October 2021

'Pragmatic changes' outlined to short-term lets licensing scheme

Reducing public liability insurance requirements and the removal of overprovision powers are among a series of “pragmatic and significant” changes to the licensing scheme for short-term lets in Scotland, social justice secretary Shona Robison has said.

Published 8 October 2021

Housing tribunal awards £2,400 to former tenants of landlord who sold property after claiming he wanted to live in it

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber has ordered a Glasgow landlord to pay £2,400 to his former tenants after they applied to the tribunal for a Wrongful Termination Order.

Published 30 September 2021