"The property market is constantly changing, and we're consistently innovating to stay ahead. What doesn't change is our commitment to exceptional customer service and our promise to deliver the best possible results to our customers."
Outstanding Service Built Around You
At Rettie & Co we understand just how much your property means to you. That's why we put your requirements at the heart of everything we do. Wherever you live, and whatever type of property you own, we'll provide you with a tailored service that will deliver the results that you're looking for.
At Rettie & Co. we understand just how much your property means to you. That's why we put your requirements at the heart of everything we do. We provide all our Landlords with a dedicated single point of contact and provide you with a tailored service that will deliver the results that you're looking for.
Our dedicated one point of contact for all Landlords means you’ll receive the highest level of customer service. You will be kept informed every step of the way making your letting experience smooth and straightforward.
A Proven Approach
At Rettie & Co. we will create a bespoke marketing package for your property that will place your requirements front and centre. Using our expertise and experience, we’ll provide the most effective mix of services, employing a tailored approach that has proved successful time and again.
Research-Based Property Intelligence
You need someone who makes smart decisions to handle your property. With the largest in-house property research team in Scotland, we have access to the latest information from across the UK property market, so we can give you the best advice and service.
Talk to any of our agents and you'll find a dedicated professional with a real passion for property. You can be certain that our staff have the training, qualifications and experience needed to deliver the best possible service.
Expertise At Your Service
We have the contacts, resources and branch network to help you, whether you are selling or letting an apartment, a premium home or an estate anywhere in Scotland or the northeast of England.
Visit any of our branches and you'll enjoy the benefit of our exceptional local market knowledge. All our branches are fully supported by our head office, ensuring they have the resources they need to serve you effectively.
It's vital that your property is seen by as many interested parties as possible. Our unrivalled reputation and extensive network gives us a high profile in the market, and our dedicated marketing platform and database of active leads allows us to reach people all over the world.
A Trusted Partner
Selling With Rettie
“I have worked with Rettie & Co over the last couple of years as my managing agent. Working with them and their one point of contact, allowed me to build my property portfolio knowing that they fully understand my needs, know my properties and tenants. This allows me to step back with confidence in the knowledge that they are proactive and efficient and I would highly recommend them.”
D Arbuthnott, Landlord
We provide a comprehensive range of property marketing, letting, and management services, all designed to streamline the letting process and optimise your rental returns.
Letting With Rettie
A Free, No-Obligation Proposal
We will visit your property and provide you with detailed advice on the lettings process and an accurate rental valuation based on prevailing market conditions.
Legislation and Registration
We will work with you to ensure that you are compliant with all current legislative requirements and that you are properly registered as a landlord.
Safety and Compliance
We will guide you through the various safety and compliance measures you must comply with when letting your property.
How your property is presented can make a significant difference to the level of interest it receives. We will provide you with detailed advice on how to present your property so it appeals to the widest possible pool of prospective tenants.
Upon instruction, we will launch your property onto the market using a suite of high-quality images and detailed, persuasive marketing copy. We will make full use of the Rettie & Co. website and our network of associated online property portals. We offer professional photographs, floor plans and 3D Matterport video packages to showcase your property (prices vary).
Targeting Potential Tenants
We will use our database of registered applicants and corporate relocation agents to ensure that your property is seen by prospective tenants who have expressed a strong interest in your type of let.
We offer a range of viewing options, including virtual viewings , 3D Matterport Video Tours and physical viewings, ensuring the current government guidelines are met.
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Finding good tenants is one of the most important parts of the entire lettings process. Your Portfolio Manager will personally assess all prospective tenants and use a specialist referencing agency to carry out rigorous suitability checks.
Once tenants have been selected, we will collect a deposit and ensure that this is transferred to an approved tenancy deposit scheme, where it will be held for the duration of the tenancy.
We will draw up the tenancy agreement for your property. The agreement is signed by Rettie & Co. on your behalf.
Inventory and Schedule of Collection
We will prepare a detailed inventory of contents and a schedule of condition. These will be sent to the tenant. They will be in a format that can be submitted as evidence should any disputes over damage liability arise.
As soon as a current tenant notifies us of their intention to vacate, we will re-launch your property to the market at a revised rent level. We will discuss the relaunch with you to ensure that we market at the correct market rent and address any new maintenance issues. This will be done to minimise any potential void periods and maximise your returns.
Final Inventory Inspection and Report
When a tenant vacates your property, we will carry out a final inventory inspection. We will then produce a detailed checkout report with accompanying images. This will identify areas of liability for which a deposit deduction can be sought.
We will collect the rent on your behalf each month and transfer it directly to your chosen account. You will receive a detailed monthly statement of account by email. We will ensure that all rent payment issues are identified and dealt with immediately.
On-going Management and Inspections
We will ensure that all safety and compliance testing is current and that all maintenance issues are dealt with promptly. Your Portfolio Manager will carry out regular property inspections and work proactively to enhance the value of your assets.
Your Portfolio Manager will use their expert knowledge of your property and the market to negotiate annual rent reviews on your behalf. We will ensure that you get the optimal balance between financial returns and tenancy duration.
We understand the unique opportunity presented by a property to generate income from year-round short term lets in addition to festival lets. We let and manage a diverse range of short stay properties in Edinburgh for durations of one month to longer corporate stays. Our dedicated team offer two services: one for landlords who require us to source guests and another for landlords who require a full management service.
Key Issues to Keep in Mind
There are a number of important financial, regulatory, and safety issues that you, as a Landlord, will have to be aware of and act on.
Financial & Regulatory
Insurance - It is vital that your asset is fully protected by an insurance policy specifically designed for let properties. We operate a block policy with Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers that provides access to comprehensive cover at preferential rates.
Financing - Where your property is subject to mortgage finance, it is vital that you have consent to let from your lender. In most cases this means a move to a buy-to-let mortgage. At Rettie Financial Services we offer expert advice on mortgages, personal protection, and insurance, our team of expert mortgage advisors will work with you to find the best product and deal for your personal needs.
Taxation - All rental income must be declared to HMRC. For most landlords this will involve the completion of an annual self-assessment tax return. We will help you claim all of your entitled reliefs. We’ll also provide taxation guidance if you are planning to live abroad while your property is let.
Landlord Registration - Before your property can be offered for let you must register as a landlord with the relevant local authority. Once registered, you will be provided with a landlord registration number, which must be listed on all property marketing.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - Minimum Energy Efficiency ratings for let properties are due to be introduced by the Scottish Government. More information can be found here: The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019: draft guidance - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
" I recently bought a two bedroom flat in the city centre which required to be refurbished throughout. Rettie and Co. arranged for their contractors to estimate the works to be carried out and upon my approval, refurbished the flat to a very high standard. Within a short period, Rettie & Co. had marketed the flat for let and found tenants. Excellent Service."
Peter Young, Landlord
Landlords Gas Safety Certificate (LGSC) - All gas appliances in a property must be inspected and certified by a Gas Safe engineer on an annual basis. All gas appliances should also be serviced regularly.
Portable Appliances Test (PAT) - All portable appliances must be checked for electrical safety on an annual basis. NB: Even unfurnished properties are likely to contain some appliances that fall under this requirement.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) - This is a safety check which is required to assess the main wiring, sockets and switches. We recommend undertaking an EICR before marketing to allow sufficient time for any remedial works to be carried out ahead of a tenant being secured.
Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) - All elements of your property’s water supply must be inspected to identify and assess potential sources of legionella bacteria. If areas of risk are identified we will work with you to control this risk.
Satisfactory Provision of Smoke and Heat Detectors - Private landlords are required to have a mains operated or tamper proof long-life lithium battery interconnected smoke and heat detection system. This must include a smoke alarm in any rooms frequently used by occupants for general daytime living purposes (usually the lounge), a smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey such as hallways and landings, and a heat alarm in every kitchen. All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.
Carbon Monoxide - All properties that have heating or cooking appliances powered by a carbon-based fuel (e.g. gas, oil and solid fuels) must have tamper proof carbon monoxide detectors fitted in each room where such appliances are present.
Fully Managed Service
Our main service is our Fully Managed Service which provides you with a unique one point of contact and trusted advisor, a Portfolio Manager looking after your investment(s).
Should you require another service, please contact us and we can discuss how we can tailor something to suit your specific requirements.
Meet The Team
Your Rettie Edinburgh Lettings Team
Director of Lettings Edinburgh & Glasgow
Karen heads up our Lettings Division which covers both Edinburgh and Glasgow. With over 25 years of experience in the Scottish and Edinburgh property market, Karen has retained a real passion for every aspect of her role, from ensuring that each individual client receives the first-class service they deserve to delighting in their excitement when finding just the right property. Karen is a former board member of a Scottish Law Practice and also ran her own property consultancy business.
0131 622 4160
4 Jamaica Street
Unrivalled Service & Knowledge in Edinburgh Residential Lettings
In Edinburgh, the Rettie & Co. name stands for exceptional customer service. From our prominent regional office on Jamaica Street, our Residential Lettings team has an unrivalled knowledge across the Edinburgh market.
Edinburgh's property market continues to perform well whether it be letting of apartments, terraces or larger family homes. We have local, national, and international reach and our strengths include the following:
We provide focused marketing all whilst tailoring our service to the clients' requirements.
Our lettings team has a deep-rooted understanding of Edinburgh's key residential areas across all sectors of the market.
Our dedicated Research Department gives us an unrivalled understanding of the market, which allows us to be proactive and focused.
LOCAL EXPERTISE , NATIONAL REACH
Our experienced regional lettings teams have a proven track record of achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients.
Backed up by the resources of our in-house research unit, they pride themselves on their local knowledge and connections and provide a personal and bespoke service.
Get in touch with your local Rettie team
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