1st Time letting out my flat

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    1st Time letting out my flat


    I've owned my flat for just over a year. I'm going travelling so going to rent it out a professional person.

    Do I need to legally disclose all the facts about the flat?

    We currently have an issue with the back court - it's really messy as tenants in this block don't bother and no one will pay for a clean up - therefore it's full of litter etc...

    The block factored by a local housing association so should I tell any potential tenants the type of tenants within this block? They're mainly housing association and are in these flats due to homelessness, mental health issues or benefits. So they're more likely to be in at home all day and up late.

    I can hear the neighbour upstairs a lot - stamping around. The neighbour downstairs shouts out a fair bit and can be heard talking late at night. You can hear traffic from the bedroom at night and their is a community centre down the street that caters for the disadvantaged.

    Please advise if this needs to be told prior to agreeing any new let.



    Just use what you've written as the advert for the flat and see who applies.

    On a serious note. If you don't disclose any of this do you really think you're going to have a trouble free time away with a happy tenant in situ?
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.


      Do you own the property freehold or leasehold? Have you a mortgage on the property?

      If you own it leasehold do you have consent to sublet? If you have a mortgage on the property do you have consent to rent the property out?
      [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]


        Originally posted by RoundTheWorld View Post
        The block factored by a local housing association.
        Is the property in Scotland?



          No mortgage left on the property & have checked it's ok to let.

          Property is in Scotland.

          There are a lot of issues I'm just working out what legally a landlord needs to disclose.



            So travelling: Foreign?? Are you registered as a landlord
            & if so what address will you give registrar & tenant?? Sorted HMRC non-resident landlord matters??

            Member of SaL??

            Do you understand the implications of giving a tenancy of even 1 day less than 6 months or not serving AT5 prior??

            Originally posted by RoundTheWorld View Post
            .... their is a community centre down the street that caters for the disadvantaged.

            - so you are near Holyrood then.... ??
            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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