What types of insurance do landlords in Scotland need and what does it cover? Landlord insurance protects your property from risks in the same way as any home policy. The term covers everything from buildings and contents policies to landlord […]
If you’re wondering how to find tenants for your Glasgow rental, we have nine top tips for getting it right. Rental properties are in high demand in Glasgow, particularly flats which have been in short supply since the coronavirus pandemic. […]
Section 24 of the Finance Act 2015 applies to buy-to-let landlords with residential rental properties across the UK and could affect how much tax you pay on your rental income. Phased in over four years from 2016, Section 24 became […]
If you’re new to renting out property in Scotland, organising your inventory should be high on your to-do list. Many property experts regard the property inventory as up there with the tenancy agreement as one of a landlord’s most important […]
Whether you’re an accidental landlord, who has inherited a place, or someone embarking on buy-to-let for the first time, renting out property in Scotland comes with a lot of responsibilities. There are key differences too, compared to letting homes in […]
Not everyone pays the full amount of council tax – find out more about the many exemptions and discounts that apply in Glasgow. What is council tax? Council tax is a charge set by local authorities across the UK. Along […]
It’s a modern European city that’s vibrant, historic, artsy and cool. It has a thriving economy at the cutting edge of emerging industries, not to mention its huge student population. Transport links are great and the city has bags of […]
Did you know that landlords in Scotland have a legal duty to carry out risk assessment for legionella in their properties? Legionella is the bacterial which causes legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, which can be fatal. If you’re a […]
If you’re looking to invest in buy-to-let property, Glasgow is a great choice. It may not be Scotland’s capital, but Glasgow is bigger than Edinburgh – in terms of size and population. It is home to the UK’s fourth biggest […]
If you’re renting out property in Scotland, and you have mortgage, it is likely you’ll need a bespoke buy-to-let loan. Some Scottish landlords buy property as an investment, with the intention of letting it out. For others the decision to […]
On 1 February 2022, new regulations came into force in Scotland meaning that all homes must have interlinked fire alarms. Scotland is the first UK nation to implement the change, which comes in response to the fire in Grenfell Tower, […]
If you’re new to renting out property in Scotland, it’s important to get to grips with the legal obligations and responsibilities that come with being a landlord. While letting agents and property managers can take care of many of these […]
Tenants in Scotland are well protected by general law as well as specific tenancy law. Landlords are required to provide safe and well-maintained properties and tenants have the right to remain in residence unless they breach the tenancy agreement, or […]
History The House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulations were first introduced in Scotland in 2006 to address over-crowding and low standards in private rental accommodation. Initially the framework was discretionary for individual local authorities, but in 2011 it became compulsory […]
The property rental market in Glasgow remains strong in 2021 despite considerable challenges for letting agents. In Q1 of 2021, areas out with Scotland’s major cities did best. The impact of home working has fundamentally altered the priorities of many […]
In Glasgow, we’re now in lockdown until at least the end of January. However, the current guidelines permit house moves and related activity to take place. This includes property viewings. Hopefully, it will all be over soon. In the meantime, […]
Western Lettings is absolutely delighted to announce that we have just been assessed as a carbon neutral organisation. We have spent the last few months working with Carbon Footprint towards this goal. We believe we are currently the only letting […]
In this short podcast, Jack Gallagher, founder of Western Lettings, chats to Gillian Semmler about his company’s ‘highly commended’ award at this year’s Scottish Home Awards. He also chats about starting his letting agents in 2008 with the motto “do […]
Western Lettings is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Residential Letting Team of the Year’ at this year’s Scottish Home Awards. We are extremely proud of this achievement, particularly as we were short-listed […]
The Central Belt is back under tight local lockdown restrictions. With working from home recommended and most hospitality shut or severely restricted, we are once again spending most of our time confined to our flats and houses. But has the […]
COVID 19 has had a big impact on the Glasgow rental property market. One of the main issues for landlords and letting agents at the start of lockdown was the pausing of ‘in person’ property viewings. Fortunately, we were already […]
We’re now two months into lockdown and it has been a month since our last update. It’s time to say a few words about our operations and the levels of activity that we’re seeing in the market. Operations We haven’t […]
A month into lockdown and we feel it is time for another update. We want to provide some information on how we are dealing with operational issues and make a few comments on what we are seeing happening in the […]
The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on almost every area of our lives in Scotland. As a ‘severe and sustained threat to human life’ many changes have been already been introduced by the Westminster and Scottish governments. The […]
Fantastic letting company - extremely honest and thorough. Can't rate them highly enough.
11:15 09 Jun 22
Western Lettings have been brilliant. I rented a flat through them for several years, and they were very reliable and helpful every time there was a problem. I have also found their pricing very fair. They are the best you can get in the West End.
18:19 02 Jun 22
Rented my flat with Western Lettings for 2 years and had a great experience with them. Good tenants and all problems were dealt with efficiently whilst keeping me updated.
10:12 27 May 22
Western Lettings have been the best letting agent I have used. They were helpful in finding a place, getting the details together and then helped with making sure everything was set up for moving in. They were hands off and trusting of me to look after the property without being intrusive or overbearing. At the end of my tenancy they were fantastic in helping me get ready for handing the property back. They gave a handy checklist to ensure I would get my deposit back and I received every penny back, with no issues. Owning a large dog, they helped find a property that would allow me to keep him with me which is incredible since it is so hard to find a property that will allow dogs, let alone a large one!All in all, I would use western lettings again as they were just fantastic. Their staff are lovely and helpful - 10/10 experience!
13:10 19 May 22
We have used Western Lettings for the past 3 years and they have been amazing. Catherine and Emily have gone out of their way to look after our home for us especially through the pandemic, as we have been overseas and the communication has been first class, they always return our emails within minutes. We have recently sold our house and are close to settlement and they still go out of their way to help usI would not hesitate to use Western Lettings again.
08:23 09 May 22
Absolutely awful experience. I have been renting in the UK for over 10 years and I have never had such a bad experience with any state agents. I saw myself in the situation were the landlord had to come back to the property after 4 months of me moving in, and I had to leave within 28 days. The worst wasn't the fact that I had to move out with such short notice, but was the lack of assistance and sympathy from this agents. From day one, they have been uninterested and unhelpful. I don't want to have anything to do with this company ever again. Thanks for nothing.
14:02 05 May 22
With many years experience in the property industry, I have encountered many letting agents over the years both occasionally good and more often very very bad, but none have come close to the exceptional level of service I have received - as a landlord - from Catherine, Sandra, Jack and the rest of the team at Western. Best decision I made was when I put all my properties into Westerns care a few years back and I would highly recommend that both experienced and new landlords do the same. Always amazing and unequalled service. Top notch..all round. 👌👏
15:09 21 Apr 22
Always a pleasure to deal with anyone from the Western Lettings Team, from instant responses to emails & friendly, professional service.
14:05 28 Mar 22
Fantastic from start to finish. Connor and Kirsty were very helpful throughout our tenancy.
14:01 16 Mar 22
Excellent service from contract to end of lease every time I use Western Lettings. Good quality properties managed well with any issue being promptly addressed and resolved quickly. Most staff are pleasant to deal with. Matt and Tom always professional and efficient - thank you.