Scotland Regional Meetings

Aberdeen | North East

  • Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen - Thursday 26th September 2019 09:30 - 12:00
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Glasgow | West | Dumfries

14b Scotland - Glasgow, West of Scotland and Dumfriesshire
Tanya Richards

Representative: Tanya Richards
Company: Propertymark
Branch: Propertymark

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Inverness | Highlands | Islands | Argyll

14d Scotland - Inverness, the Highlands, Islands and Argyllshire
Mrs Kathleen Gell

Representative: Mrs Kathleen Gell
Company: Simply Let Limited
Branch: Simply Let

07762206761
kathleengell@arla-reps.co.uk

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Edinburgh | Fife | Central | Borders

14c Scotland - Edinburgh, Fife, Central Scotland and Scottish Borders
Tanya Richards

Representative: Tanya Richards
Company: Propertymark
Branch: Propertymark

  • Edinburgh Marriott - Thursday 7th November 2019 09:30 - 12:00
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Kathleen

July 2019

Inverness and the Highlands and Islands continue to benefit from a thriving economy – this is evident in the significant number of new home developments being built at a phenomenal rate to accommodate the increasing number of people who are choosing to live and work in this beautiful part of the world.

Unemployment rates are lower than the Scottish average – almost 0 per cent in Shetland. Demand for rented properties is buoyant in Inverness; rents are showing a small increase across the board. Periodic press reports declaring significant rent increases are not borne out by experience. Demand is predicted to remain high, despite the uncertainties around Brexit – life goes on and businesses are continuing as normal. The biggest change is a reduction in demand from Eastern European applicants.

Private residential tenancies are now the norm–no real issues to report, other than some agents and landlords who are trying to draw up agreements on a holiday let basis having to be reminded that irrespective of the paperwork, if the property is that person’s main home, the tenant has a PRT – correct paperwork or not.

EPCs are in the process of being refreshed following the 10 year expiry. In some cases, this is producing a lower rating due to the more refined methodologies now pertaining. The longstanding uncertainty around requirements for minimum EPC bandings remains and has been overtaken by a new, MEES consultation now including a proposal that all Scottish homes achieve EPC band C by 2040, social rented homes band B by 2032, homes in the PRS to band E by 2022, D by 2025 and C by 2030. Carbon emissions, comfortable homes and whether all residential homes should meet a C band EPC etc and much more. June 17 was the deadline for responses.

The Scottish Government appears to be no further forward in respect of resolving the apparent difficulties some agents are experiencing when attempting to obtain a client account as they are legally obliged to do. I cannot see this being resolved before the October deadline and await with interest how the Scottish Government will seek to enforce compliance. A recent exchange I had with them stated that non-compliance was a matter for Police Scotland to enforce…

Finally, I anticipate large chains of letting agents being poised to buy up any non-compliant agents for a song as the October deadline approaches.

Kathleen Gell
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative

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