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 Scottish fire safety regulations came into force 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 […]
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 tenant safety, over-crowding and low standards in private rental accommodation. Initially the framework was discretionary for individual local authorities, but in 2011 it […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 30, 2019
accreditation letting agents

Does Choosing an Accredited Letting Agent Matter?

Letting a property can sometimes be scary if you are a first-time landlord. All the rules and regulations that need to be followed to get your property ready to let can be daunting. You may also be worried about being […]
June 21, 2019
Letting agents with unfurnished flat to rent

Is it Better to Let a Furnished or Unfurnished Property?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question as there are pros and cons whether you let your rental property furnished or unfurnished. Furnished and unfurnished properties both play an important role in the lettings market. Tenants’ circumstances […]
April 4, 2019
landlord letting legislation

Latest Changes to Landlord and Tenant Legislation 2019

Private landlords and tenants in Scotland have had to deal with a lot of regulatory changes in the last few years e.g. the new Private Residential Tenancy, The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, etc. This has continued into 2019 with even more […]
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