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    Hi all appreciate your opinions on this one from the highland council I seen today as I happen to have a property Up there that will be tenant less from Saturday I guess the devil will be in the detail of the draft lease Residential leasing scheme

    We want to increase the number of houses we have to rent to people who need accommodation. If you are a private landlord, you can lease your property to us so that we can then sub-let the property to someone needing housing.

    We are particularly keen to bring unused housing back into use, such as holiday homes or empty properties.

    If you own property which may be appropriate, please contact your local housing office.

    The process includes:
    • Giving you a copy of a draft lease which you should seek independent legal advice about
    • Advising that the rent will be based on the Local Housing Allowance rates (external link) applicable for the area in which the property is located.
    • Inspecting your property. We will only take on properties that meet set minimum standards
    • Doing any works necessary to bring the property up to that minimum standard. When the works have been completed, a further inspection is undertaken
    • Agreeing a date of entry and signing the lease
    The benefits to you

    • You can continue to be paid rent but have no direct involvement in letting the property
    • You do not have to manage the tenancy
    • We let the property and we are the landlord of the tenant
    • We deal with all aspects of the tenancy, such as collecting rent and all the extra costs associated with letting a property
    • We guarantee to give the property back in the same condition as when it is first let, at no cost to you

    #2
    It's all lies mate.

    Your property will be let to single mums, asylum seekers, leaving prison, leaving care, 'travellers'(!), mental health, alcoholics, drug addicts, etc.

    Your neighbours will hate you, and when the scheme ends, you inherit the lovely tenant and the damage they've done.

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      #3
      Never ever do this.
      Well, do it if you want to be totally and utterly s------ over.

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        #4
        That clears that up then thanks gentlemen, it does sounded too good to be true I was sceptical about the guarantee to return in the same condition

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          #5
          About 15 years ago I did rent to Highland Council: Very nice lady & her (?) 8yr old son were occupants, I think a "domestic" (terrible term for hideous stuff) sent them my way, poor lady. They were wonderful, but I now realise the risks being run & I'd not do it currently.

          How did you hear about it? I'm a registered landlord (obvs...) - so they have my email & home address (darkest Engerland..) and currently have two houses empty up there, but no contact.

          Slàinte mhath!
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            About 15 years ago I did rent to Highland Council: Very nice lady & her (?) 8yr old son were occupants, I think a "domestic" (terrible term for hideous stuff) sent them my way, poor lady. They were wonderful, but I now realise the risks being run & I'd not do it currently.

            How did you hear about it? I'm a registered landlord (obvs...) - so they have my email & home address (darkest Engerland..) and currently have two houses empty up there, but no contact.

            Slàinte mhath!
            It first popped up on my Facebook for sum reason artfull but if you put highland council lease your property Into google the top result Will take you to there page , I could be wrong but I thought it was Something new in response to the COVID situation, When you did it were you the landlord as they claim they would be the landlord Under this scheme

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              #7
              Several local councils do that in my area.

              I have known 3 landlords that used it and they had no problems with it

              Our local council also buy homes back for about market value under certain circumstances.

              Remember there is no right to buy in Scotland any more.

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                #8
                I have 2 properties let to local authority's on similar schemes down south for about ten years. They do all repairs and pay rent on time with no voids. What's not to like.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Section20z View Post
                  I have 2 properties let to local authority's on similar schemes down south for about ten years. They do all repairs and pay rent on time with no voids. What's not to like.
                  When you say all repairs are we talking big ticket items like boilers etc with no cost to me, is It effectively run as One of there own social housing stock then, would the council replace the kitchen say in ten years as they would with there own properties, There’s nothing To dislike about Rent Being paid on time with no voids In the current climate that’s for sure

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                    #10
                    Best advice is don’t get yourself into something you can’t get yourself out of. If you want rid of the responsibility, get an estate agent to market for sale, let the looming landlords buy it if they’re so sure what they’re selling you is such a good deal.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Bobthebiker View Post

                      When you say all repairs are we talking big ticket items like boilers etc with no cost to me, is It effectively run as One of there own social housing stock then, would the council replace the kitchen say in ten years as they would with there own properties, There’s nothing To dislike about Rent Being paid on time with no voids In the current climate that’s for sure
                      I think that would depend on your deal, boilers are indeed excluded on mine and they insist on GCH cover but they guarantee to return property in same condition so I assume they replace kitchen if needed.
                      I do know they fully redecorated one of mine last year between tenants but to be honest it's not a concern as I never go near the place.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Section20z View Post

                        I think that would depend on your deal, boilers are indeed excluded on mine and they insist on GCH cover but they guarantee to return property in same condition so I assume they replace kitchen if needed.
                        I do know they fully redecorated one of mine last year between tenants but to be honest it's not a concern as I never go near the place.
                        Ok thanks for that section I will see what the council are actually offering and take it from there. most tenants stay a year with 18 months being the longest with voids of a few months in between each lease probably because of my caution towards potential tenants, so far I have been lucky and they have all been good tenants so the devil will most certainly be in the detail of the agreement

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                          #13
                          I don't know if it applies here but there seems to be a push to accomodate the homeless who were housed during lockdown and PRS was mentioned. Some will be foreign nationals not entitled to housing benefit, others will have been on the streets because they're drug addicts or alcoholics.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by royw View Post
                            I don't know if it applies here but there seems to be a push to accomodate the homeless who were housed during lockdown and PRS was mentioned. Some will be foreign nationals not entitled to housing benefit, others will have been on the streets because they're drug addicts or alcoholics.
                            I think It probably does Apply here ,there’s not a lot of details up yet On the council web site but they make reference To hotel workers etc made homeless because they were in tied accommodation and they also want to utilise empty air B and B property’s Sounds like there Trying to prepare for a tidal wave of new homeless. Fife council are doing the same Scheme, one of there stipulations is no gas hobs fires ovens or back boilers I have have all four in my property so I think that’s me excluded Anyway.

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