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House prices and private rents in Scotland’s cities are expected to soar in the next five years because of a lack of new homes being built, researchers have predicted.

Property consultancy JLL said that continued political and economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a possible second referendum will ensure that housebuilders maintain a positive but cautious approach.

This in turn will place continued pressure on house prices and rent between 2017 and 2021, especially in key city centres where demand for homes continues to outpace supply.

According to the study, house prices in Edinburgh will increase by 23.4 per cent by 2021, almost double the UK average, and 4 per cent more than London.

In Glasgow, where many properties cost less, a 15.4 per cent rise in the same period is forecast, ahead of the average increase in Scotland of 10.9 per cent.

The report also revealed the extent to which the cost of renting will jump for similar reasons. By 2021 tenants will pay 20 per cent more rent in Edinburgh and 17 per cent more in Glasgow.

One of the key changes to Scotland’s housing market highlighted by JLL is the demand for city centre living and renting. During the past couple of economic downturns it has been city centre residential markets which have proved most vulnerable due to a reliance on the buy-to-let sector and the unproven nature of renters.

Jason Hogg, director of JLL’s Residential team in Scotland, said: “House building in Scotland continues to persevere against the backdrop of political uncertainty. The industry is in a confident and optimistic mood, buoyed by strong demand for residential in key city centres.

“However, there’s no doubting that the key challenge for the year ahead is to address the shortage of supply. It’s not simply a case of housebuilders increasing their outputs. We need to create a better planning environment at both a local and national level which facilitates this aim, increasing the supply of land and helping rather than hindering the residential development planning process.”

Credit: Scottish Housing News

The City of Edinburgh Council has introduced a new fee structure for HMO licences.
This includes an option for landlords who are renewing an existing licence to apply for a three year licence.

The new fees for three year licences are cheaper than the cost of three annual licences under the old fee structure, so represent a saving for landlords applying for a three year licence. Details of the new fees can be found online here. (page 9).

SAL recently attended an HMO stakeholder meeting where the council committed to introducing an online application process, which the council said is likely to be in place by the end of this year.

The system will automatically remind licence holders of when renewal is due and will provide updates on the progress of the application. It will include the facility to submit certificates/floorplans online and users will also be able to arrange inspection appointments themselves online.

Thank you to members for lobbying local councillors to allow applications to be accepted electronically.

Credit: Scottish Association of Landlords