News

5
Jul

Letting agent regulation update

Legislation affecting agents in Scotland expected to come in force in 2018. From then, anyone in Scotland who carries a letting agency work in course of their business will be required to register with the Scottish Government abide by statutory code of practice and adhere for training requirement The wording of the letting agent statutory …

21
Jun

The Best British Summer Festivals of 2016

With summer on the horizon and a wide range of music festivals going on throughout the country, the team here at At Home in Edinburgh have been researching the best British summer festivals of 2016. Read on to discover more! Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset: 22-26 Jun 2016 This is one of the UK´s oldest and …

8
Jun

How to Avoid Cleaning Disputes

  Recent data collated by the tenant deposit schemes shows that cleaning issues continue to be the commonest dispute between landlords and tenants, accounting for around 50% of claims. The most common cleaning issues reported include stained and marked carpets, ovens, heavy limescale to kitchen and bathroom fittings, grease deposits thoughout the kitchen. dirty surfaces …

3
Jun

Best beaches to visit this summer in Scotland

Scotland has some of the prettiest white sand and blue water beaches you can imagine. If you are in Edinburgh for a short stay this summer or live here all year round, make the effort to explore our beautiful country. Here are At Home in Edinburgh’s top picks. Achnahaird beach The bay of Achnahaird is a rarely visited …

27
May

Do you understand the betterment principle?

The “betterment principle” is a key part of determining a fair tenant deposit deduction but according to a recent study carried out by My Property Inventories, 60% of landlords admit to not understanding it. This often leads to unrealistic expectations of what can be claimed against tenant deposits. The betterment principle states that if an item was old at …

11
May

Tips to save time when moving home

At one point or another, everyone has to move. Moving comes with plenty of challenges, but At Home In Edinburgh has a few simple tips for saving time and protecting your belongings. Gather Supplies Ahead of Time You can never prepare too early for a move. Once you know your move is definite, it’s time to start picking …

6
May

5 steps to personalising your rental property

One of the challenges of living in a rental property is making it feel like your own home. A tenants lease may restrict them from making alterations, including decorating, to the property without prior approval from the landlord/agent. Here are a few suggestions to help you personalise your rental property without altering it. If you are unsure if you …

27
Apr

What is the correct heating system for your rental property?

This is one of the most important questions for landlords to consider. Whatever system you choose carries implications for the efficiency of the property, its desirability for tenants and the potential profitability of your venture. Gas or electric heating? Gas versus electric heating has always been the eternal question for landlords for decades and one of the …

21
Apr

New regulatory requirements

Most of the headlines for the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland have been grabbed by the Private Housing (Tenancies)(Scotland) Bill, which was passed this month and set to become an Act. However, before we get an entirely new tenancy regime for the PRS, the sector will have to grapple with mandatory registration of letting …