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Letting agents in the media – 8 January

Coverage PropertyWire: Scottish Government announces extra tax on second homes, following rest of UK – 18 December Sunday Herald: Buy-to-let 3% levy crosses the Border – 20 December Articles: ExecReview: Ignore the landlord-martyrs: it’s time for the Bank to intervene over buy-to-let – 20 December The Scotsman: Demand for rental property rises by 77.5% – …


Letting agents in the media – 18 December

Coverage BBC Drivetime: Interview with John Blackwood (attached) – 16 December (2:17:00 in to show) Daily Express: SNP Steals Osbourne’s Clothes – 17 December BBC News Online: Scottish Budget: The reaction in quotes – 16 December Scottish Housing News: Scottish Budget: £90m increase to affordable housing fund and tax on second homes – 18 December …


Response to Scottish Budget Statement

Responding to the Scottish Government Budget Statement this afternoon, John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords said: “Landlords will be disappointed and frustrated by the decision by the Finance Secretary this afternoon to copy the policy of the Conservative Party at Westminster and punish those who choose to invest in the Private Rented …


Letting agents in the media – 11 December

The Herald: Time for Holyrood to give local leaders bigger say on spending in their cities – 4 December Ezylet: Gas Safety Guide for Tenants – 7 December Property Reporter: Renters opting for shorter tenancies – 7 December STV: Woman who set fire to flat to escape tenancy jailed for 18 months – 8 December …


Letting agents in the media – 3 December

Coverage:  Sunday Herald: Will Swinney help landlords or first-time buyers? – 29 November BBC Radio Scotland: Good Morning Scotland interview with John Blackwood – 1 December Scottish Housing News: Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties– 1 December  Articles: FT: Buy-to-let blow from stamp duty increase – 27 November Telegraph: One in three Tory MPs own buy-to-lets – but …


Letting agents in the news – 27 November

Scottish Housing News: John Swinney urges Chancellor to consider social housing during Autumn Statement – 23 November Property Wire: UK’s first compulsory registration scheme for private residential landlords launched – 23 November Money Observer: Is buy-to-let a disaster waiting to happen? – 23 November CRL: Housing Minister Pledges £3bn to Delivery Affordable Homes in Scotland …


Letting Agents in the media – 20 November

Articles: Daily Telegraph: Rented homes are desperately needed, so why are landlords demonised? – 15 November The National: Bad move to scrap short tenancies – 16 November (attached) Edinburgh Evening News: Ending short tenancies no good for students – 16 November (attached) City AM: Reduced tax relief causing concern for UK landlords – 17 November …


Letting Agents in the media

Coverage: The Scotsman: Lying landlords ‘should be jailed’ – 7 November Scottish Housing News: Landlords raise tenancy concerns at Scottish Parliament committee – 12 November Articles: STV News: Plan for 8000 Edinburgh homes to tackle ‘acute shortage’ of housing – 5 November East Lothian Courier: Tenants given chance to say how good East Lothian Council …


Students must be protected in new rental regime, landlords and letting agents warn MSPs

Landlords and letting agents will today tell MSPs that legislation to modernise the rental regime in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland should be amended to prevent a sharp reduction in the amount of student accommodation available. The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) and the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) will today tell MSPs …


In the media – 6 November 2015

Coverage: BBC Scotland Online: New law ‘will hit efforts’ to tackle anti-social tenants – 3 November BBC Radio Scotland: Good Morning Scotland (interview with John Blackwood) – 3 November (2:43:27) STV News: Antisocial tenants ‘harder to evict under new rules’, landlords say – 3 November The Herald: Fears ‘eviction tribunals’ will tie hands of landlords …

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