Edinburgh – Top UK City For Growth


The latest figures from Hometrack show that the inflation rate across the nation’s cities sits at 5.2%. Although London has taken a hit slowing down to 1% growth, five regional cities have enjoyed an annual price inflation of over 7%.

Edinburgh tops the list with an 8% inflation growth year on year, up from 4.4% last year. It is closely followed by Liverpool (7.8%), Birmingham (7.7%), Leicester (7.7%) and Manchester (7.1%).

Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester were all slightly under 7% growth last year and this year are all above the 7% mark. Both Edinburgh and Liverpool had middle of the pack growth rates last year, but this year have the highest increases in inflation across UK cities.

The average growth across all 20 cities sits at 4.1%, while the UK’s average as a whole is 4.3%.

To read the full report, click here.

PRT – Landlord View


The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, which takes effect from 1 December 2017, will introduce the ‘private residential tenancy’. Its purpose is to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors. We have studied the changes and below covers the landlord view.

The new tenancy will be open-ended and will last until a tenant wishes to leave the let property or a landlord uses one (or more) of 18 grounds for eviction.

Improvements for landlords include:

  • no more confusing pre-tenancy notices, such as the AT5
  • where a tenant is in rent arrears, a landlord can refer a case for repossession more quickly
  • a Scottish Government recommended ‘model tenancy agreement’, which will include standardised tenancy terms
  • a digital version of the Scottish Government ‘model tenancy agreement’, which will include discretionary terms that can be edited, allowing landlords to easily put together and send out a tenancy agreement suitable for their specific property
  • one simple notice when regaining possession of a property called a ‘notice to leave’ – this will replace the current ‘notice to quit’ and ‘notice of proceedings’
  • eighteen modernised grounds for repossession, which include new grounds where the property has been abandoned or the landlord intends to sell

In our opinion the introduction of Private Residential Tenancies is simply a legislative change which landlords should not be overly concerned with.

The Scottish Government website provides further information.

To find out more about letting your property in Edinburgh, call our letting team on 0131 473 1591, or use our online contact form.

Furnished or Unfurnished – Landlord View


One of the first questions landlords ask is whether to rent out their property furnished or unfurnished? There are of course pros and cons to both and differing target markets require different approaches.

The Positives of Unfurnished

  • Less initial set up cost to landlord and less responsibility.
  • Tenants may stay longer as they have made an investment in furniture and moving will be more costly.
  • If there is tenant demand then rental income may be equal to furnished.

The Positives of Furnished

  • Generally, there are more tenants looking for furnished property which means a higher rent and more applicants to choose from.
  • You, the landlord, only need buy the furniture once and will have made sure it is the right style and size for the property.
  • A nicely furnished property looks move inviting and homely than one devoid of furniture.

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2012 Prediction Reviewed 5 Years Later


Back in January 2012 we posted an article in which the CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) forecast interest rates would remain at 0.5 per cent until 2016. As it turned out they were pretty accurate with rates dropping to 0.25 per cent in August 2016. Whilst they predicted rates would start to rise in 2016 it should be remembered that we have had a number of unforeseen political and economic changes since the summer of 2016.

A snippet of the article is below with the full article here.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a leading think tank with an excellent record for correctly forecasting economic performance has said that it believes interest rates will remain at 0.5 per cent until 2016.
The CEBR made the right call on a variety of forecasts for the economy in 2011, beating virtually all other analysts and winning all prizes from organisations that rank prediction success in the UK.
The organisation believes that the Bank of England will hold interest rates at their historic low of 0.5 per cent into 2016. If base rate did stay at that level until January 2016, it would make it an unprecedented 81 months of no change in base rate, the longest period of static rates since the 1940’s.

How to Maximise Your Property Investment


With an ever increasing number of TV programs dedicated to property sales the majority of home sellers are now aware of the influence presentation can have on sale prices and the time required to secure a sale. What is perhaps not so widely known, and demonstrated, is that the presentation of a rental property is equally as important.

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