To Furnish or Not To Furnish?

To Furnish or Not To Furnish?

One of the choices you must make as a landlord is whether to let your property as furnished or unfurnished. Surprisingly, it makes little to zero impact on the rental valuation. Factotum looks at the pros and cons, as well as key factors to take into account when making this decision. How long do you […]

Parliamo Edinburgo?

Parliamo Edinburgo?

As a life-long resident of Edinburgh with a spell of study and work in London, I am always amazed by the words and local sayings we use here and take for granted, that leave the good visitors to our Fair City baffled as to their meaning, wondering whether we do indeed share a common language. Here’s […]

The Life Span of Furniture: A Landlord’s Guide

The Life Span of Furniture: A Landlord’s Guide

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. We all know when the milk in our fridge expires, or when our toothbrush needs to be replaced. It’s expected. These things are disposable. It’s more difficult to judge when it comes to the life span of more expensive items, like furniture. Especially when the furniture is for a rental property […]

Rental Income Tax: The Landlord’s Guide

Rental Income Tax: The Landlord’s Guide

To quote Benjamin Franklin, in this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes. Letting a property is a great way to generate additional income or enhance your pension / retirement income. Unfortunately, it’s not free from rental income tax. Here’s Factotum’s guide on what to expect when you rent your property. […]

Airbnb vs Airbnb Agent vs Letting Agent

Airbnb vs Airbnb Agent vs Letting Agent

There’s absolutely no doubt that the success of Airbnb and Airbnb agents has completely changed the landscape of the Edinburgh lettings market. It’s a fantastic business model. Allowing users to capitalise on their property by renting their spare room, it’s an easy way to make some extra money. The website that was originally designed to rent […]

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

Easter Egg rolling has been a tradition since the 19th century. Symbolic of rolling away the rock in front of Christ’s tomb, the egg is also supposed to signify the rebirth of land during spring. Being amongst the UK’s hilliest cities, Edinburgh is “eggactly” the right place to find the perfect Easter egg rolling spot. […]

The Big Four Edinburgh Fringe Venues

The Big Four Edinburgh Fringe Venues

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (often referred to simply as the ‘The Fringe’) is the world’s largest Arts Festival. Established in 1947, by 2016 it spanned 25 days, featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues! Sounds a bit crazy, right? So here is a guest pass into finding out more about these spectacular Fringe […]