The Diary of John White

Here you will be able to read blogs from our seasoned walker John, who has a real passion for the Scottish Borders especially The Cheviots. John has walked and cycled extensively all over the Scottish Lowlands and indeed the world. He shares with us some of his most memorable walks hopefully inspiring you to come and experience them for yourselves! Here are some suggestions for both walking and cycling in the Scottish Borders

On March, 03 2019 by

Is the holiday over for short stay accommodation in Scotland?

Are you confused about what the proposed changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill means for your holiday let? Well, read on and hopefully we can make things a little clearer for you below: What is the current situation? Unfortunately, at present there is no definitive, straightforward answer to this question! Firstly, there is a difference in Scottish Planning Law that applies to houses and flats. A house which is occupied by a single household of up to 5 residents living together falls under class 9 of the use class order whereas occupation of a flat as a residence doesn’t fall under any of the use classes. Therefore, the defined class 9 use of a house permits occupation whether or not as a main or sole residence and is unlikely to constitute a change of use as long as it is occupied by a single household as detailed above. The same […]

 

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On July, 02 2018 by

New Smoke Alarm Rules to Apply to All Scottish Properties

Soon, every single property in Scotland will need to adhere to new smoke alarm rules – including having a minimum number of smoke alarms fitted – after the amendment of a 30-year-old law. To avoid another Grenfell Tower tragedy (where 71 people died), changes in legislation to the Housing (Scotland) Act mean that for one thing (don’t worry, there’s more), all homes in Scotland will require a minimum number of smoke alarms to be fitted – and I couldn’t agree more on this. I’ve personally helped guide holiday let owners through practical health & safety standards that must be covered for all holiday lets and rented properties, and although it may not be fun, it’s absolutely vital to ensure your guests are safe. Personally, I’m over the moon that not only will the most rigorous standards be applied to new-builds, rented accommodation and holiday lets, but also to all homes […]

 

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On July, 02 2018 by

What Holiday Let Owners Need to Know About GDPR

Are you aware of what GDPR is and how it affects your holiday let? Maybe you’re vaguely aware that something’s happened; after all, you’ve almost definitely noticed all of the emails flooding your inbox up to May 25th from companies needing permission to keep you on their subscriber list. But maybe you’re thinking that this new law only applies to companies; that it couldn’t possibly have much of an impact on you. In which case, I’m sorry to burst your bubble. I’m actually not particularly shocked anymore at the knowledge that there are people out there who still haven’t heard of GDPR and who are, right at this moment, breaking the law. Unfortunately, whether you’ve heard of GDPR or not, if you run a holiday let, I’m afraid this new legislation applies to you – and you could face a fine if you’re caught. What is GDPR? Despite having been […]

 

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On July, 02 2018 by

The Ultimate GDPR Privacy Policy Checklist For Holiday Lets

In need of advice on putting together a GDPR-compliant privacy policy for your holiday let? You may already be aware that a privacy notice is an essential element when it comes to producing appropriate documentation for a GDPR-compliant holiday let. So, whether you’ve already published a privacy policy up in time for last month’s legislation, or whether you’re only just getting round to sorting out your privacy policy – and all the rest – now, this blog is here to help. As a seasoned holiday let owner and agency operating in the Scottish Borders, I’ve been busy ensuring I’m entirely up-to-speed with GDPR – and my privacy policy is up-to-scratch! But I know there are still some holiday let owners out there that aren’t sure of exactly what’s required – which is why I’ve put together this blog post to help you. 1. An introduction The best place to start […]

 

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