Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 that was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year comes into force on 1st December 2017. It will become the de-facto tenancy and replaces the Assured and Short Assured Tenancies we have employed since 1988 (and before). These will remain in force but no new ones can […]

Essential Furnishings for Letting your Property

Essential Furnishings for Letting your Property

Do I require linen? Do I require pots, pans and crockery? What essential furniture is necessary? These are just a few of the questions we get from landlords looking to rent out their flat. Factotum has compiled a list of what is essential for both short term and long term properties. Short Term, Festival and […]

Buy-to-Let Landlords are NOT the Villains!

Buy-to-Let Landlords are NOT the Villains!

Recent changes in government property taxation, stamp duty and income tax have undeniably sent out mixed messages as to the government’s view of buy-to-let landlords. On the one hand, they continue to postulate on their commitment to a healthy PRS (Private Rented Sector) confirming what a vital role the sector provides and acknowledging the desperate […]

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 […]

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. […]

Tenant or Licensee?

Tenant or Licensee?

The majority of people who rent residential accommodation are tenants, but some are in fact a licensee. Firstly – what is the difference? Licensees are common in establishments where the employee is granted accommodation as part of the employment package. For example, educational establishments. A licence rather than a tenancy is seen as a way […]