Citylets have recently published their Quarterly Report, which can be read in full by clicking below.? Watt Property are not surprised to hear that Edinburgh has overtaken Aberdeen as the most expensive city to rent and indicators suggest that it has no intention of falling from this lead.? The market continues to be buoyant and […]

A big hello to our clients this month from all the staff at Watt Property and Birthday Wishes to Marlene, who celebrated her birthday earlier this week in the office.

Marlene's birthday

I hope the onset of the winter weather and dark nights isn’t too depressing for our UK landlords and that our non-UK friends are enjoying milder and calmer weather than Edinburgh is just now.

As I write this my youngest is preparing her pumpkin for Halloween and has her costume all prepared for “trick or treating”, or “guising” as we say in Edinburgh, at the weekend.? As soon as we recover from Halloween we will be straight into enjoying bonfire and firework displays, but behind the scenes I’m preparing my Christmas to do list and, more importantly, finances!? Hopefully the Time Management Course that Marlene & I attended last week will help me with that and I’ve already started to implement some changes in the office environment, which should mean I can concentrate on our clients more now than ever before!

pumpkin? ??fireworks

I’m sure you are now all aware of the Legionnaires Disease/Risk Assessments that have to be carried out on residential let properties now and I’m pleased to see this week that The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their position to confirm that it isn’t necessary for landlords to test the water for the bacteria, but simply to minimise the risk of tenants contracting the disease.? I have prepared a more formal blog with links to more information on a separate post and a copy of the blog link is below for your information.? Most of our landlords now have their Assessments in place, but I will be in touch with you directly if we are still looking to implement an Assessment for your property.

As always, if you have any queries relating to your property please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Legionnaires Disease and Risk Assessment Duties

Our landlords are probably now all fully aware that they hold a legal duty to carry out a risk assessment in terms of Legionnaires Disease in rented properties.

More information on landlord’s responsibilities can be found using the undernoted link and we would refer you specifically to the header “Who can assess the risk?”.? It has been unclear for some time now as to what is considered to be an appropriate level of testing for private residential let properties.? On considering the information within The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website it is fair to say that the majority of landlords are competent to carry out the Risk Assessment ?for their own properties, without having to involve specialist firms to do this for them.

At Watt Property we do have a contractor who is happy to provide a Risk Assessment on behalf of our landlords for a charge of less than ?50 per property.? However, we are also able to provide you with template Risk Assessment Forms to allow you to carry out the Assessment in your own time.

All residential let properties now require this Assessment to be in place and once in place we will ensure that the annual review is carried out during our routine inspections at no extra cost to you.

Please contact Pauline or Marlene of our office to request a template form or provide instructions for our contractor to attend to this on your behalf.