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23 December 2021 News
The New Private Residential Tenancy in Scotland The new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) has come into force. All new tenancies in the private sector entered into on or after 1st December 2017 in Scotland will be the new Private Residential Tenancy.  The new Private Residential Tenancy was introduced under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. The Scottish Government has released a model tenancy agreement which landlords can use to create the new Private Residential Tenancy. The model agreement can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00526246.pdf No new assured or short assured tenancies can be created on or after 1st December 2017. What is a “Private Residential Tenancy”? Section 1…
23 December 2021 News
Landlord Registration came into force in April 2006, in terms of Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 which placed a duty on local authorities to maintain a public register of private landlords in their area.  Since then the private rented sector in Scotland has continued to grow and the Scottish Government is now holding a consultation in relation to reviewing the Landlord Registration process.  In particular, the consultation looks at two specific aspects of the registration process:  what information must be included in the application for registration; and the application fees themselves. It is considered that many landlords apply for registration with…
23 December 2021 News
  There has been an increasing number of calls of late for restrictions to be imposed in relation to the letting of properties on a short term basis, and in particular via Airbnb. Complaints have been made from owner occupiers, particularly in common stairs, in relation to noise levels, people coming and going from properties at all hours of the day and night, excess rubbish and general anti-social and disruptive behaviour.    Recently, a group of landlords who were letting their properties via Airbnb were found by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Department to be operating their property in breach of planning guidelines and were…
23 December 2021 News
The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 made it compulsory for landlords to place tenancy deposits within an approved scheme for protection during a tenancy.   A deposit must be paid into one of three approved schemes in Scotland, within thirty working days of the start of a tenancy.  Should a landlord fail to lodge a deposit in an approved scheme within that timescale, or fail to provide statutory written information to the tenant, then the tenant can apply to the First-Tier Tribunal for an order for payment in their favour against the landlord of up to three times the amount of the deposit taken.   …
23 December 2021 News
In this blog, Fiona Watson, offers advice for landlords and letting agents on serving a Notice to Leave. Fiona draws on a significant recent Upper Tribunal case, which it is important for landlords and letting agents to know about. Having specialised in residential tenancy law for a number of years, Fiona is also a Legal Member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, Housing and Property Chamber. Fiona advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to residential leasing, as well as residential conveyancing, private client, and family law. Since the introduction of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 which created the Private Residential Tenancy…
23 December 2021 News
We are one of East Lothian’s most recognisable estate agency brands and have over 90 years’ experience of selling and buying properties in East Lothian. Our property team has exceptional knowledge of the local housing market and would be delighted to be entrusted with the sale of your property. Meet Tracy French, our Property Manager in North Berwick. Q:  Can you describe a typical day as Property Manager for Paris Steele? A typical day as Property Manager will start in the office planning the day ahead, followed by some research into the property I am booked in to visit to carry out a pre-sale market appraisal…
21 December 2021 News & Announcements
Paris Steele was very proud to be supporting Will Aid again this November, pledging to waive our usual fee for a will in exchange for donations to charity. Our efforts raised £1,380 so far for Will Aid in 2021, taking our total to an incredible £12,633 since 2006. Click here to visit the Will Aid website. 
25 October 2021 Private Client
A Power of Attorney is something “old people” need. We hear this repeatedly, but it is simply not true. A Power of Attorney is a most useful document to help you manage your affairs, whatever your age. If you have property and assets, we think it’s time to draw up a Power of Attorney. The reason for this is that you don’t need to be old or infirm to need a Power of Attorney. You might have an accident or an illness at any age that prevents you from looking after your own affairs. If you don’t have a Power of Attorney in place, you…
25 October 2021 Private Client
The recent Court of Session decision in the case of Vindex Trustees Limited [2021 CSIH 46] provides some insight into what happens when a beneficiary in a Will does not exist. Vindex Trustees Limited had been appointed as the sole executor in the Will and Codicils of Estelle Brownrigg. Ms Brownrigg had been born in South Africa in 1945 and lived there until her teenage years. She then moved to London and met and married her husband. The couple then lived in Johannesburg, Brussels and Canada and finally moved to Scotland in 2012. The couple didn’t have any children. Ms Brownrigg’s husband predeceased her and…
25 October 2021 Residential Conveyancing
With the focus strongly on environmental issues in Scotland, especially as COP 26, the UN Climate Change Conference, takes place in Glasgow in November 2021, we take a look at whether “environmental” improvements will add value to your house. Generally, environmental measures include things like double glazing, loft and wall insulation and adding solar panels to your roof and we’ll look at these things in turn. Essentially, with rising energy prices and a strong focus on climate change, any efforts to improve the energy efficiency of your home may help financially contribute to reducing your carbon footprint and, potentially, increase its value. Energy Performance Certificates…

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