News & Events

November 9, 2017

Consultation on relaxing PRS smoke alarm requirements

The Scottish Government has published a consultation to seek views on possible changes to the smoke and heat detection standards in the PRS.  Currently all rented properties in Scotland need to have mainswired and interlinked heat and smoke detectors (the number depending on size and number …

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November 2, 2017

Job Opportunity: Property Manager

POSITION: PROPERTY MANAGER Fantastic opportunity for a challenging full time role with opportunities for extensive professional and personal development. Chapmans is a growing Property Lettings & Management company that has grown purely on the back of reputation and recommendation. We have very strong core values …

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October 26, 2017

The Scottish Government Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement

The Government have now released the Model Tenancy Agreement that we have been waiting for since it was introduced under section 10 of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”).  This new tenancy model should be used for all residential tenancies from 1st December. …

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October 2, 2017

A Perfect Storm?

A New Private Rented Tenancy will be phased in towards the end of the year – but what does this mean for letting agents, landlords and tenants…with the lack of information supplied by the Government, does anyone actually know!!?? In two months time, on 30th …

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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 December 2017, 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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