Paul Maguire

Registered with Property118.com
Sunday 23rd June 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 77

Paul Maguire

13:17 PM, 10th January 2020
About 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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

Paul Maguire

12:54 PM, 9th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Short-term Lets to be Licensed in Scotland

Reply to the comment left by JJ at 09/01/2020 - 11:56
I don't think Rent-a-Room Scheme will be affected by this Legislation but AirBNB probably will if whole properties are being rented out for festive and holiday periods. With no min or max rental period I think some effort had to be made to level the field whilst at the same time enabling Councils to get more revenues through increased licensees and the Scottish Government more tax. At least the Tories admit to being Capitalists....the others just pretend not to be.... Read More

Paul Maguire

22:54 PM, 17th December 2019
About a month ago

Tory Landslide - Landlord Reactions

Can't say that I see a vast difference in politics during my 63 year lifetime but in the past 20+ years a huge difference in people's tolerance levels has grown and festered. Everyone gets outraged at the slightest of things and even twist statements so that they can increase their fury. Seems to be contagious, addictive and definately can't be healthy !!! Spontaneous combustion must be imminent.... Read More