Paul Maguire

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 23rd June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 79

Paul Maguire

12:30 PM, 23rd February 2020
About a month ago

Tenant handed in notice but wants rent refund?

Renting by the room I've found that being flexible with an exiting tenant eliminates voids. So long as I can find a new tenant before the end of the notice period I refund the remaining rent. One moves out and another moves in, usually on the same day.... Read More

Paul Maguire

14:45 PM, 21st February 2020
About a month ago

Tenant handed in notice but wants rent refund?

I always wait until the new tenant moves in and pay the rebate that same day.... Read More

Paul Maguire

13:17 PM, 10th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Short-term Lets to be Licensed in Scotland

To be fair though, property owners who use the rent-a-room scheme don't do so for altruistic reasons. Why shouldn't they be brought in to compliance with minimum standards and safety? They still keep the tax-free rent. There has been quite a surge in Edinburgh with live-in landlords in the last couple of years [my research only goes as far as noting the increase on Spare-room adverts]. So far as I'm aware, tenants have less protection from the Council in these situations. I seem to have done a bit of a u-turn on this lol.... Read More

Paul Maguire

21:06 PM, 9th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Short-term Lets to be Licensed in Scotland

It did strike me as strange when they introduced no minimum period on new leases as it became impossible to calculate lease voids in a year and therefore rent levels but now the decision seems to be just the first step in a larger plan. I think I was wrong in assuming that rent-a-room wouldn't be affected. Sounds like any resident landlord will have to register and be subject to local council regulations. Currently I think it only applies to those who take in more than one other person [effectively an HMO]. I won't be surprised if landlords then have to pay extra [on top of Council Tax] for council services. Luckily I hadn't thought about this earlier when I was in "rant-mode".... Read More

Paul Maguire

13:01 PM, 9th January 2020
About 3 months ago

Short-term Lets to be Licensed in Scotland

Reply to the comment left by Paul Maguire at 09/01/2020 - 12:54
Oops. Sorry JJ, I'd missed the "occasional sharing of a room in home it appears both may have to be licensed" bit but I'd be surprised if it will apply as the end result in the equality game will be the licensing off all homes. Quite Orwellian really.... Read More