August 15, 2022
Landlord Insurance

What Insurance do Landlords in Scotland Need and What Does it Cover?

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 […]
August 1, 2022
Finding tenants for Glasgow rental properties

How To Find New Tenants For Your Rental Properties In Glasgow

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. […]
July 18, 2022
section 24 for landlords

What Landlords in Glasgow Need to Know About Section 24

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 […]
July 4, 2022
landlord inventory guide

Property Inventory Guide for Landlords, Buy-To-Let and Property Investors in Scotland

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 […]
June 20, 2022
Landlord checklist Scotland

Landlord Checklist for Renting Out a Property in Scotland

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 […]
June 6, 2022
council tax in Glasgow

Your Guide to Council Tax Exemptions and Discounts in Glasgow

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 […]
May 16, 2022
Glasgow property investment

Your Guide to Property Investment in Glasgow

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 […]
May 3, 2022
Landlord guide to legionella risk assessment

Legionella Risk Assessments For Landlords In Scotland – Everything You Need To Know

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 […]
April 18, 2022
Best areas for property investment in Glasgow

The Best Areas of Glasgow for Property Investment in Buy-to-Let

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 […]
April 4, 2022
switch to buy-to-let mortgage Scotland

Switching From Residential To Buy To Let Mortgage in Scotland

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 […]
March 21, 2022
smoke alarm regulations Scotland

Fire, Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Legislation in Scotland

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, […]
March 7, 2022
Landlord responsibilities in Scotland

What are the Legal Responsibilities and Obligations of a Landlord in Scotland?

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 […]
February 7, 2022
Tenant's rights in Scotland

What are the Rights of a Tenant in Scotland?

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 […]
January 4, 2022
HMO Landlord Guide Scotland

A Briefing on House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Property in Scotland

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 […]
August 2, 2021
Glasgow west end - property market

Glasgow Property Rental Market Q1 2021

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 […]
January 6, 2021
Covid 19 Update - Western Lettings

Covid-19 Update 06/01/21

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, […]
December 7, 2020
Carbon neutral organisation - Western Lettings

Western Lettings – Our Journey to Carbon Neutral

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 […]
November 19, 2020
Letting Agent Glasgow

Lets Talk Podcast with Jack Gallagher

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 […]
November 6, 2020
Scottish Home Awards 2020 - Highly Commended logo

Residential Letting Team of the Year – Highly Commended

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 […]
November 2, 2020
Letting agents in Glasgow during lockdown

Has Covid-19 Changed What We Want From Our Homes?

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 […]
September 3, 2020
Rental Properties in Glasgow

Latest Covid-19 Information for Landlords & Tenants in Glasgow

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 […]
May 18, 2020
Lockdown Lowdown Glasgow Letting Agents

Lockdown Lowdown – May Update

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 […]
April 23, 2020
Western Lettings Lockdown Update

Lockdown Latest

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 […]
April 8, 2020
Tenants and the Coronavirus Act

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act – What Does it Mean for Tenants?

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 […]
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