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18 January 2019 News
It is important when you are drafting your Will that you ensure that there is adequate provision for your children in the event of your death. Many people make a Will when they buy a house, and then promptly forget about them.  Some time later they may have children, and at that point the Will should be reviewed. It is always advisable to regularly review your Will to ensure that it remains relevant and accurately reflects your wishes, throughout the various stages of your life.   You may want to ensure that funds are held in Trust for your children, so that education and living costs…
15 January 2019 News & Announcements
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15 January 2019 News
If you are contemplating placing your property on the market in the spring then now would be the ideal time to ensure that your home is ready to be marketed and that any issues which could affect the home report and valuation are remedied. Potential purchasers are more likely to be attracted to properties which have category 1’s for the conditions specified. We would recommend the following in the first instance:- Get your boiler serviced. If there is any sign of moisture or water ingress, then have this checked by a specialist. Engage the services of a professional decorator in order to present your home…
11 January 2019 News
Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) is a Scottish Government Tax which can apply on the purchase, or acquisition, of a property.  The Tax applies to residential properties above the value of £145,000 and how much is payable is determined by the property’s purchase price, on a tiered basis.  The table below shows the current rates of tax payable. Purchase price LBTT rate Up to £145,000 0% Above £145,000 to £250,000 2% Above £250,000 to £325,000 5% Above £325,000 to £750,000 10% Over £750,000 12% Whilst the Government plans to keep the current rates of LBTT for residential purchases the same, the December 2018 Budget proposed…
09 January 2019 News
Quite often landlords have rental properties as investments and do not live in the UK.  This is where the role of the letting agent can prove invaluable in managing the rental properties on their behalf to protect their investment. ROLE OF LETTING AGENT At Paris Steele Property Management, there are a number of ways we can assist overseas landlords in managing their properties.  This will involve: -          Regularly inspecting the property to check for any issues and ensure the tenant is meeting their obligations -          Emailing detailed inspection reports to overseas landlords to keep them up to date with the condition of their property and to…
03 January 2019 News
Enjoying an enviable semi-rural location in the beautiful East Lothian countryside, this immaculately presented two bedroom stone cottage benefits from incredible views from both aspects and offers a haven of tranquillity. This is a must view property for purchasers who are looking for a home of distinction for their next family home. The deceptively spacious accommodation is arranged over two floors and worthy of particular mention is the stunning contemporary dining kitchen with granite worktops, integral appliances and patio doors to the front garden.  On the same level is the lovely living room, utility room and W.C.  On the upper floor there are two bedrooms with…
20 December 2018 News
It is always advisable that an individual put in place a Will, regardless of their age or circumstances.   However, where someone is cohabiting with their partner and they are not married or in a civil partnership, it can become problematic if Wills are not put in place to ensure adequate provision for the surviving partner upon death.   The right of cohabiting couples in Scotland differs substantially in comparison to the rights of married couples, both on separation and upon death.   Where a court is considering whether or not someone is a cohabitant for the purposes of the law, the court will consider factors such as the…
13 December 2018 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 issued with…
30 October 2018 News
Deposit disputes can arise at the end of the tenancy between the landlord and tenant.  The key to minimising these is to have a clearly defined Check In report at the start of the tenancy followed by a Check Out report at the end.   CHECK IN REPORT ·        should contain a detailed Inventory of the contents of the property ·        should have a Schedule of Condition which documents the condition of the contents of the property both in terms of any damage and the level of cleanliness ·         there should be photographic evidence to back up the findings of the report ·         the tenant should be given a…
28 May 2018 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…

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