June 2, 2024

Do rent controls limit in Scotland work?

Rent controls limit the amount a landlord can charge a tenant. This usually happens by freezing or capping rent increases over the course of a lease, but it can also apply to increases between tenancies. Right now, these controls solely […]
April 3, 2024

The Emergency Cost of Living Rent Cap in Scotland comes to an end this April 

New Rules for Scottish Rent Increases Starting in April The Scottish Government’s emergency Cost of Living (CoL) legislation, which went into effect 18 months ago, will expire on March 31, 2024. What was the Cost of Living (CoL) Rent Cap? […]
September 13, 2023

Managing rental properties – letting agent vs self management

Managing rental properties – letting agent vs self management So, you picture yourself as a portfolio rental property manager, right? It’s an excellent way to earn a solid livelihood, but there are many aspects to it and it’s possible to […]
June 20, 2023
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The difference between price and value

As Warren Buffet observed, “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”. I often ponder this after receiving enquiries from prospective clients who cannot think of anything to talk about except price.  I’d say most of our incoming […]
August 2, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Like every business, we’re continually adapting to updated advice from the Westminster and Scottish governments as well as industry bodies.  These notes will be regularly updated to reflect the current state of play. Contacting Western Lettings In accordance with government […]
January 6, 2020
Investors in People Gold Award

Western Lettings Get Investors in People GOLD Accreditation

Western Lettings is delighted to announce it has achieved the prestigious Investors in People GOLD Accreditation (IIP). As the very first letting agent in Scotland to achieve GOLD accreditation this is a tremendous achievement. Gold accreditation places Western lettings as […]
October 31, 2019
Landlords breaking Tenancy Deposit Law

Landlords Fined for Breaking Tenancy Deposit Rules

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is a government-backed scheme to protect deposits paid by new tenants. It also protects tenants from having their deposits unfairly withheld by offering free and impartial adjudication in cases where deductions are contested. The rules of […]
December 20, 2018

Festive Opening Hours

Western Lettings would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes!   Important information – Office opening hours over the festive period are as follows: Christmas Eve 09:00 AM […]
December 13, 2018
Letting agent Western Lettings partners with CreditLadder

Western Lettings Partners with CreditLadder

Western Lettings in Glasgow is delighted to announce a new partnership with rent reporting platform CreditLadder. We realise that for nearly all tenants, rent is their biggest monthly expense. What comes as a surprise for most people is that unlike […]
June 13, 2018
Race to Alaska - letting agents

Western Lettings – Race to Alaska

To start up a new business and turn it into a success is challenging and usually requires a person with lots of energy, determination, resilience and guts. Jack Gallagher founder of award winning independent letting agents Western Lettings in Glasgow […]
April 26, 2018

ESTAS winners 2018!

We attended the ESTAS awards in London last week and Western Lettings won gold for both Letting Agent Landlord Scotland and Letting Agent Tenant Scotland. This was an incredible achievement and very successful trip away!   As Phil Spencer said […]
March 22, 2018

ESTAS 2018 Results

  The countdown to the results has started. Look out for the results!  
March 2, 2018


  What a great start to March! After entering the 2018 ESTAS last year, we have just found out we have been shortlisted for both landlord and tenant awards. We will be attending the awards ceremony in London on the […]
February 1, 2018

ESTAS 2018

After entering the 2018 ESTAS we were overwhelmed by the amazing votes we received from both our landlords and tenants. The voting is now closed however I have shared some of our comments we received below. Managed Landlord The staff […]