When we arrived in Glasgow in September 2016, we found a fantastic rental property on the south side of Glasgow in Newton Mearns.
We had planned to move to South Glasgow to start with. I created property searches for rental properties based on various school catchment areas.
Before we decided on South Glasgow, we scoped out the other areas around the city with the help of Wikipedia…
Renting East of Glasgow
Renting North of Glasgow
- Milngavie is the south-end starting point of the West Highland Way walk.
The area also contains some of the city’s poorest residential areas. Possilpark is one such area, where levels of unemployment and drug abuse continue to be above the national average. Much of the housing in areas such as Possilpark and Hamiltonhill had fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years. Easterhouse doesn’t have the best reputation.
Renting West of Glasgow
The West End includes residential areas of Hillhead, Dowanhill, Kelvingrove, Kelvinside, Hyndland, Broomhill, and, to an increasing extent, Partick. The name is also increasingly being used to refer to any area to the west of Charing Cross. This includes areas such as Scotstoun, Jordanhill, Kelvindale and Anniesland.
Renting South of Glasgow
Much of the wealth of the Southside is in the towns of Whitecraigs, Giffnock and Thorntonhall. Meaning they’re more expensive! Some of the poorest areas contain many benefit claimants. Examples of these are Castlemilk and Arden. Some working class areas that are still not very affluent exist in the form of Thornliebank. So, the East neighbours the South and you have to be careful with some of the suburbs in the middle.
Glasgow’s South Side sprawls out south of the Clyde, covering areas including:
- Cathcart – I’ve read some good reviews. Some say a bit too conservative and boring but it is close to transport and shops.
- King’s Park
- Kinning Park
- Mount Florida
Some of Glasgow’s outer suburbs in the East Renfrewshire council area include:
Glasgow rentals – general
- Rentals on S1 – link is for rental properties in Glasgow * 3 bedrooms * priced between £400 and £800 pcm * that are furnished. You can change the search filters once you make the jump to S1.
- Rentals on Rightmove – has excellent search tools.
- Rentals on Zoopla – also has links to schools, broadband, Google street view, etc.
Council Tax Charges
- The people living at a property, either the property owners or the tenants, are responsible for paying council tax charges.
- Council taxes (or rates) are based on the value of the property as at 1 April 1991.
- Council tax will vary depending on your address/postcode.
- The lowest or cheapest council tax band is A, increasing up the alphabet with H being the most expensive.
- D or below is affordable for most (but still hurts).
- Annual council tax charges range between about £1,000 and £4,000 a year. Council taxes are in addition to your monthly rent.
- On average, 75% of the council tax bill is for council tax. About 12% goes towards water services and the remaining 13% is for sewerage. All of which are ultra important.
- Divide the annual total amount by 52 to see how much extra you have to pay each week in addition to your rent; or divide by 12 to see the monthly impact on your budget.
- You usually pay rates annually or over 10 months, starting at the beginning of the financial year in April.
- Rates vary for each council area. As a comparison here are the links to East Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow Council.
- In Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire Council – we pay about £200 a month (over 10 months) for council taxes.
- This is quite different to Australia, where the owner, not the tenant, is responsible for paying council taxes/rates. But then again, landlords usually pump the rent up to cover them off anyway.
Getting the balance right
As always, you’ll have to balance your needs and desires with the cost of rent and council tax.
It can be difficult to find a rental property that is both in a good area and affordable. We settled into a good area close to amenities including a great school and pay higher rent and council tax than properties in not such a good area.
We make cut backs in other areas of our life to continue to live where we are. Like being careful about our food and grocery shopping and carefully managing our spending on entertainment and commuting.