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Old 6th Sep 2021, 13:59
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Question regarding renting a property in Scotland.

Does anyone know if a ' Carpenters Lease' ( a lease where the tenant pays less rent at the start of the lease to recompense for work needed to bring the property up to standard) exists in Scotland?

We've been rather stuffed by our previous tenant who not only didn't pay the rent for a long time, but also left the place in a state. Due to lack of rent, we haven't the money to put things right (about 1,500) , and we are trying to think of anyway around this problem. So I thought I'd put it to the brains of PPRuNe !

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Old 6th Sep 2021, 15:48
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That does not sound like a good plan to me. It is truth universally accepted that the lower the rent, the more problems you can expect form the tenants. Starting off in a bit of a dump with a low rent is likely to attract dodgy people.As you have learned, getting the right tenants is critical to the success of a letting enterprise - ask me how I know! I would do whatever I could to scrounge the cash to smarten the place up so that you can charge the appropriate rent.
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Old 6th Sep 2021, 19:21
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I'd agree with double barrel. Using an agent is probably your best bet if you can somehow scrape up the repair bill. I ended losing a lot of money and almost had a CCJ against me for letting a 'friend' take over my flat when I went to work abroad and him not paying the rent and utility bills. Another acquaintance was left with unpaid rent and damage repair bills when he let a house to 'mature' students. It's a hard lesson. Don't trust tenants; agent's vetting and regular inspection charges could be worthwhile compared to the price of you having another bad experience and at least you'd have the tenant's deposit if things turned sour.
Sorry, I'm not being much help otherwise.

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Old 6th Sep 2021, 21:01
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As a current landlord in Scotland - I'm afraid you've got no chance.

Sorry.

The rules for rental properties are quite onerous nowadays (especially in Scotland) and the very idea of what you propose would have the authorities in a conniption fit when you submit renewal for your landlord's certificate.

As the previous poster says you'd be better off trying to borrow the money to put it right then charge the normal rent.

All the best
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Old 7th Sep 2021, 10:58
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Thank to all.

Your replies have really just enforced what I thought would be the case, but I'm grateful for for your thoughts. We'll have to see if we can find some money.

Thanks again.
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