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Comment on Essentials for your new student flat

Essentials for your new student flat

Posted on Thursday 7th of September 2017

For everyone heading off to college or university this September, we've put together a list of the things you might need to survive the year. The most important thing to remember is you'll have limited space so focus on the essentials. Plus the less stuff you take the easier it'll be to move! You don't need to splash out on expensive stuff either - you'll find everything you need in places like IKEA, Argos and big supermarkets. Kitchen You might not need any cooking equipment if...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: How do I use the evidence portal?

Ask SafeDeposits: How do I use the evidence portal?

Posted on Friday 1st of September 2017

If a landlord and tenant can't agree on how a deposit should be repaid, we offer an independent adjudication service to help. This means we'll ask the landlord and lead tenant for further information about the tenancy. An independent adjudicator will decide what repayment is fair based on that information. The landlord (or letting agent, if one is acting on the landlord's behalf) and lead tenant can provide information through our online evidence portal. We've shared a step-by-step guide...Read More

Comment on Grab your broomstick, Primark's Harry Potter homeware range has arrived

Grab your broomstick, Primark's Harry Potter homeware range has arrived

Posted on Friday 1st of September 2017

While we might not be setting off from Platform 9¾ today (we assume our Hogwarts letter has been lost in the post again…), September 1st does mean a new term at a muggle college or university is just around the corner for students across Scotland. For every student who wishes they were moving into a Hogwarts dormitory instead of a new student flat, we've rounded up the best bits from Primark's new Harry Potter homeware range. Hogwarts letter cushion,...Read More

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New Private Residential Tenancy for Scotland's PRS

Posted on Monday 28th of August 2017

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates a new private residential tenancy for all future lets in the private rented sector. From 1st December 2017 onwards all new tenancies will be a 'private residential tenancy'. The new tenancy will replace Short Assured and Assured Tenancies and will be much clearer and simpler to use. The purpose of the private residential tenancy is to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors. The...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits: Can the adjudicator consider a counter-claim against the landlord?

Ask SafeDeposits: Can the adjudicator consider a counter-claim against the landlord?

Posted on Friday 25th of August 2017

If you rent your home, your landlord or letting agent will usually ask you for a deposit. You pay a deposit as a promise you will follow the terms of your tenancy agreement (for example, the tenancy agreement may specify that you need to: pay a certain amount of rent every month, make sure the property is as clean when you move out as it was when you moved in, not damage the property or its contents, etc.). There should be a deposit clause in your tenancy agreement which specifies what terms...Read More

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Using a letting agent

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

DJ Alexander is the largest agency in Central Scotland. Here, its Associate Director Rob Trotter guides you through how agents can save you money and significantly reduce the burden that leasing often brings. Every landlord needs a tenant, so having the backing of an agency that can attract high quality tenants is invaluable for any rental venture. When selecting an agent to work with, landlords should look for an organisation that has a strong reputation in the market. A good agent will...Read More