Private Landlord Webinar Programme 2020

Do you have problems with common repairs –finding out your rights and responsibilities, knowing what works to prioritise and getting co-owners to pay?

Are you a landlord or letting agent owning and renting flats in Scotland?

Have you struggled to get your co-owners on board with common repairs, improvements or just keeping the close clean?

If so, this series of webinars, initially run in the Autumn of 2020, could be of help to you. Links to all the video recordings are below. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates are available for all webinars.

We would like to thank SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust  for their support and funding.

The Programme

October 21st: Where to start if you don’t have a factor

October 28th Common Repair rules that only apply to landlords

Nov 4th What if co-owners won’t co-operate?

Nov 11th How to survey your building

Nov 18th Courageous conversations

November 25th Using the Registers of Scotland and tracing your co-owners

December 2nd How do factors earn their fees and Common Insurance

December 11th Keeping the lid on

December 18th When is a crack a crisis?

Landlord viewing

Please just follow the "view recording" link.  You'll be asked to register but you will only be contacted if there is any update to the information in the webinar or if we set up any new webinars which might be of interest to you.  If you would like to receive our occasional newsletter, please subscribe using the link on the right hand side of this page.

Owner-occupier viewing

Please view the recordings on our Youtube Channel - this will help us to identify how many landlords we have been successful in reaching - the funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust is directed at the private rented sector.

See all the recordings on our Youtube Channel

How to get a CPD Certificate

Each webinar has a four-figure CPD code. You will see a screen showing the course code whilst watching the video.  Please note this number. The "About this webinar" section under the recording pane has a clickable link to the certificate form. Enter your details and the correct course code on this form and a certificate will be emailed to you.

The programme

October 21st: Where to start if you don’t have a factor

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If you have concerns that any of your co-owners will refuse to join in common repairs then it is particularly important that you follow all the correct procedures to give you the best chance of getting everyone to pay their share of essential costs. This webinar will give a mental map of the repair process and help to landlords and letting agents to follow all the proper procedures to ensure successful repairs that cannot be challenged by their co-owners.  Links will take you to the relevant pages on Under One Roof that will help you get all the details correct. You’ll want to come back to this foundation webinar every time you have to commission a repair.

Presenters: Annie Flint and John Gilbert, tenement maintenance and management experts and authors of the Under One Roof Scotland website

October 28th Common Repair rules that only apply to landlords

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It’s not just the Repairing Standards that place special duties on landlords – you also have particular duties under the Construction Design Regulations. This webinar will bring two experts who work with these regulations every day to explain how landlords can most easily meet their particular responsibilities in these respects. Following a recent court case, the rules about whether landlords are required to register as factors if they want to assist with the management and the maintenance of common parts and communal areas are under review.  We’ll also be giving landlords the chance to hear directly from Scottish Government officials who are reviewing the guidance and to put forward their views..   

Nov 4th What if co-owners won’t co-operate?

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Sometimes, but not always, local authorities can offer help with “Missing Shares” and other compulsory repair orders.  But what if they can’t or what if the issue is not about repairs? Our guest speakers will talk about two contrasting approaches – mediation and taking your co-owners to court. We’ll be joined by Jim Bauld Solictor at TC Young and Graham Boyack of Scottish Mediation.

Nov 11th How to survey your building

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The most expensive repairs are unplanned emergency repairs. Our technical author John Gilbert will be talking with guests about how to check your building for common defects before they become critical and cause unseen damage. And how long can you expect a slate roof to last compared with a tiled one. And how long will a zinc flat roof last compared with a lead one? John and his guests will also be covering the expected life spans of common building materials.

Nov 18th Courageous conversations

How do you approach difficult subjects with your neighbours without making things worse? Often these conversations have gone wrong in the past and it takes courage to go back to co-owners and start again - so that's why we've called this webinar “Courageous Conversations”.  With our experienced trainer Brain Hutcheson, and the help of 3 volunteers, we’ll be taking  you through situations you are dreading dealing with. 

Due to a technical hitch, we are going to add some more footage to this webinar and we will make the recording available in early December once this is done.

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November 25th Using the Registers of Scotland and tracing your co-owners

How to use the Registers to check your legal responsibilities, find your co-owners, change your title deeds and lodge “notices of potential liability”.  Our speaker will come from Registers of Scotland and will be joined by Paul Stewart from Shelter’s Empty Homes project who will discuss other ways of tracing owners and sources of help to deal with empty flats.

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 December 2nd How do factors earn their fees and Common Insurance

We’ll be talking with factors about what they do – or don’t do.  We’ll also be picking up on common insurance. Why is it so expensive? How do factors earn their commission? Why do insurance valuations vary even within a street and should you have a block policy or let each owner arrange their own common insurance?

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December 11th Keeping the lid on

John Gilbert will be doing a 101 session on repairing roofs, gutters and downpipes. At the end of this session you’ll have a good idea of how to tell which roof repairs are likely to be your top priority, ask intelligent questions of roofers and be able to tell a good repair quote from an indifferent one.

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December 18th When is a crack a crisis?

We’ll be looking at structural problems, what you can do to identify the critical from the less important and how to take care of your stonework to avoid expensive repairs.  This webinar will be led by John Gilbert and he’ll be bringing in technical experts , stone masons and lots of photos .

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Further information

Check out our articles starting with the one on Private Landlords.

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