We work with hundreds of landlords across Scotland.
And in our experience, most of them are good people, who work hard and care about the way their tenants are treated and the standard of the homes they rent out.
But they are often painted as the villains of the piece and labelled with negative stereotypes like being greedy, uncaring, and arrogant. While there’s no doubt some landlords behave in this way, most of them don’t.
They are just ordinary people trying to make the best of their lives and are respectful of their tenants.
So, to celebrate the good guys and girls who do the right things for their tenants, we’ve rounded up three examples of landlords doing their bit in the face of the biggest crisis we’ve seen since 1945.
In Kilmarnock, Airdrie and Glasgow we know of landlords that have gave their rental properties over to members of Crosshouse, Monklands, Glasgow Royal and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s nursing team for free. The nurses are all working in Intensive Care Units and can’t return to their families due to the risk of infection. Similar gestures have been made in other parts of Scotland.
We’ve also seen landlords up, down and across Scotland reducing rent for NHS workers.
And we’ve heard of landlords dropping off care packages of groceries and essential items to tenants who are self-isolating due to the disease.
There are plenty more positive stories out there around how landlords are helping tenants and vice versa.
Good landlords recognise their responsibilities and so do good tenants and indeed good letting agents.
From a rental perspective, the way we will all get through this challenge is by remembering the three C’s. Be caring, co-operate with each other and communicate regularly.
We are advising our landlords and tenants regularly whenever news comes out that affects them.
The Government announcements over the past few days have related to the property market in England only. As yet, the Scottish Governmernt have not announced any changes to the current lockdown for the property market here.
But when they do our landlords and tenants will be the first to know.
Thanks for reading and stay safe.