Welcome to the Rettie Blog, your go-to destination for all things property-related. Whether you're a seasoned investor, a first-time homebuyer, or simply a property enthusiast, our blog is here to provide you with insightful tips, market trends, and expert advice to help you navigate this exciting world. Join us as we explore the latest property hotspots, share DIY home improvement ideas, and offer valuable insights to make informed decisions in the ever-evolving property market.

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On the airwaves
15 May 2024

Rettie’s Director of Research, Dr John Boyle, has featured in a set of podcasts in recent weeks in which he gives his latest take on market changes as well as the impact of new legislation and how to address Scotland’s housing problems. Each is summarised here with a link to the podcast itself.

Increased confidence for new landlords, but still no sign of any investors.
18 Apr 2024

Existing owners, who through a change in personal circumstances are renting their properties in today’s market, seem very comfortable with the new rent controls. For these circumstantial landlords, the prospect of 6% annual rent increases has been widely accepted as very reasonable and agreeable.

The Benefits of 'Single Point of Contact' Property Management
15 Mar 2024

Property management is nuanced. No two properties are the same, and when you add in landlords, tenants, contractors and the neighbours, there are many variables and complex relationships to manage.

2023 Rental Market Summary - Edinburgh & Glasgow
1 Feb 2024

From Spring 2023 through to Autumn, demand for rental properties across Edinburgh and Glasgow far exceeded supply, leading to steep competition between tenants and double digit rent inflation. With the 3% rent cap remaining, combined with the rise in interest rates, landlords with vacant properties increased their rents more than in previous years.

2023 Rental Market Roundup Summary - Edinburgh & Glasgow
1 Dec 2023

Demand for rental properties across most levels in the market has been strong from the start of Q1 2023 and increased through Q2 & Q3. During the summer months, demand for affordable accommodation (£1000pcm - £1500pcm in Edinburgh & £800 - £1,200 in Glasgow), rose to almost unmanageable levels.

Rent Control - Time to Act Before October 27th
13 Oct 2023

Background – A New Deal for Tenants … The Government are moving forward with rent control proposals, this includes controlling rents in between tenancies so properties will never be able to revert to the market rate.

Edinburgh Rental Market Summary, September 2023
20 Sep 2023

The Edinburgh housing market is witnessing unprecedented levels of demand for rental accommodation and, most worryingly, an unprecedented shortage of supply.

Six Things To Do Before Letting a Property
31 Jul 2023

Void periods kill rental yields, so if you are thinking of putting your property on the market for let, here's a short list of the top six key tasks to undertake to ensure you receive rent as quickly as possible.

Rob Trotter Joins Rettie Lettings
29 Jun 2023

Rettie has appointed Rob Trotter as Director of New Business for Lettings, joining from DJ Alexander where he spent nearly two decades, most recently as Director of New Business (Scotland), as we look to significantly increase our lettings activity over the next few years. Rettie currently manages over 2,000 rental properties.

Rent Cap Extended for Final 6 Months to March 2024
7 Jun 2023

Today, 1st June 2023, Tenants' Rights Minister, Patrick Harvie, has confirmed proposals to keep the Cost of Living (Tenants Protection) Act measures in place until March 2024. This means the current rent cap will be extended for a final 6 months until March 2024.

The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 - Rettie comments
16 Jan 2023

Following on from last week's report to the Scottish Parliament regarding The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022, Rettie wants to assure our clients that our experienced team is prepared for all eventualities and that we are here to help with any enquiries you may have.

Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill Update Webinar - November 2022
16 Nov 2022

On Wednesday 16th November 2022, Rettie hosted a Live Webinar via Microsoft Teams, regarding the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill Update. The Webinar covers the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill, what it is, what are the changes, and how these will affect you.