News & Events

July 10, 2017

To Holiday Let or Not to Holiday Let …

As Property Management & Letting Agents we are often asked if we offer a short-term letting service and if indeed we would recommend this as an option for our clients.  We do offer the occasional holiday let service but only in rare cases or if …

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June 6, 2017

City of Edinburgh 3 year HMO licenses

We have just received a very useful update from HMO Scotland with regards to the extension of HMO licenses going forward in Edinburgh. As many of you will be aware the City of Edinburgh Council have decided to introduce 3-year HMO Licencing from 1st June …

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June 5, 2017

Fantastic Part Time Role Available NOW!

VACANCY – IMMEDIATE START PREFERRED Office Administration Support Role – Murrayfield, Edinburgh Fantastic opportunity to join a growing company in a part time role. Plenty of job flexibility and potential to increase hours in due course (but only if desired). Hours and pay– minimum 4 …

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April 7, 2017

Private Rented Tenancy Update

As you may be aware the majority of the industry has been operating under the assumption that the new Private Rented Tenancy regime, which is set to come into force around the 1st Janaury 2018, will apply to any NEW tenancies entered into from that date. …

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November 24, 2016

Are you acting as an Agent but didn’t know it?

Under Section 46 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act’) Scottish Ministers are allowed to set out a code of practise that requires all letting agents to comply with a new Code of Practice, professional indemnity arrangements and client money protection, among other …

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November 10, 2016

Common Repairs and The Factors Act

In this article we wish to highlight the issue of communal repairs to buildings as this is becoming an increasing issue (in Edinburgh specifically) following the introduction of The Factors Act, the withdrawal of the Statutory Notice System and Edinburgh Council’s decision to no longer be …

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Training and Professional Development

Having attended the first LETWELL Training Course (http://www.landlordaccreditationscotland.com/letwell-programme/ ) on Friday 30 September 2016 (Professional Practice for Letting Agents), Chapmans will be one of the first agencies to qualify through the new Professional Development Programme delivered via a partnership between Landlord Accreditation Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland. …

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October 3, 2016

New Letting Agent Code of Practise

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduces a framework for the regulation of letting agents in Scotland. This includes: a mandatory register of letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test; a training requirement that must be met to be admitted to the register; a statutory code …

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May 16, 2016

Tenancies Bill receives royal assent

The tenancies bill which was debated in parliament over the winter months has now received Royal Assent creating the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. The Act is likely to come into force around the start of 2018 and will introduce a completely new tenancy …

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May 16, 2016

New EPC search facility

Following a change to legislation, those wishing to view or print a copy of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) can now do so using a simple postcode search facility on the EPC register at www.scottishepcregister.org.uk.  Anyone can now search for an EPC if the postcode is known …

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