Property Letting and Management
Highland Property Services operate a well-established and comprehensive residential letting and property management service, focusing on property throughout the Spey Valley & Cairngorms National Park. We were the first Agency to Register with Highland Council to secure our unique Agency Registration number to assist all Landlords with their own Landlord Registration processs. This provides landlords and tenants alike with a first class professional service within the guidelines and protocols of the National Association of Estate Agents N.A.E.A together with the Association of Residential Letting Agents A.R.L.A. These codes of practice, together with ongoing staff Training provided by the above Associations, ensure we endeavour at all times to operate "best practise" via close personal contact and liaison with our landlords and tenants alike throughout the entire Tenancy process.
Property Owners / Landlords : We can arrange to visit your property and can provide you with a Rental appraisal confirming what the property can realistically expect to achieve on either a short term holiday rental basis or a longer term residential tenancy.
We also operate a range of referral services including arranging property maintenance and the relevant Pre-Let Property tests including : EIPC, EPC'S. Legionnaires Risk Assessment and PAT testing as appropriate.
Leasing : The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 will introduce a new tenancy regime into Scotland as of the 1st December this year called the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). The act provides that after this date a tenancy cannot be an assured or short assured tenancy hence all residential tenancies let to individuals will be by default a PRT.
Our understanding is existing tenancies will continue to be assured tenancies until terminated with any new Tenancies commencing after 01/12/2017 being subject to the new PRT Legislation.
The main points to note are:
- There will be no fixed minimum term.
- The “no fault” ground has been removed.
- In order to end a tenancy a landlord will need to use one of the 18 grounds for possession some of which are mandatory and others discretionary.
- The tenant has the right to dispute the ground for eviction and in this case a landlord will need to seek eviction through the First Tier Tribunal (FTT).
The Act introduces a Model Tenancy Agreement (MTA) with the aim of introducing consistency of practice. Current property legislation is changing on a regular basis and we will endeavour to provide you with any updates regarding changes to current legislation likely to be important to you in arriving at the best possible use for your property. More details on request.
Client Money Protection Scheme : We understand that we are the only local Agents to operate a Client Money Protection scheme whereby all Client monies are guaranteed in a secure dedicated Client account.
Tenant Deposit : In order to comply with Scottish Government legislation and the appropriate Tenants Deposit Scheme we highly recommend a full check in and check out service together with an Inventory check as appropriate - which we will be pleased to arrange.
Property Management : We understand that we are the only local Agency to operate a regular quarterly inspection service included in our monthly Fees, which ensures all properties are regularly checked and an email report is sent to the owner - within 7 days.
We Credit check / I.D. and Vett all Tenants prior to any Tenancy and assist all Landlords to register with Highland Council.
Contact Gordon Gilfillan if you are looking to source a rental Property or you wish to arrange a rental appraisal for your property.
Call us on 01479 810 020 or via email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.