Merchant Central Building

Merchant Central Building is located in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City district. Merchant City is one of Glasgow’s oldest quarters dating back to the 1750s where the warehouse buildings were home to the wealthy traders.  Some of these buildings still remain and have been transformed into city living apartments.

The vibrant area is full of great bars, restaurants and shops to fulfil your every need. The area holds the annual Merchant City Festival (July/August) where the streets come alive with some of the best Scottish and International art and entertainment.

Merchant Central Building, located at No 1 and No 3 Blackfriars Road, offers a selection of various sized apartments either on an unfurnished or furnished basis all in a style conducive to urban chic living and of the associated high standard.  These apartments offer a lifestyle perfectly located in the heart of Glasgow for the busy professional, the discerning student, a single person and couples alike, seeking the thrill of Glasgow.  These apartments are ideal if you love living in the Merchant City, a hub of activity.

Each of the two separate buildings at Merchant Central Building is constructed around a large open decking area which is accessed from the internal areas on the first floor of each building. Each building has a lift to all floors and each communal floor accesses via a communal secure door on each landing to the individual apartments.

Choose from a selection of variously styled studio apartments of one, two or three bedrooms. All apartments are fitted with separate kitchen areas and bathroom with either separate shower or bath facilities.

Merchant Central is only a short stroll from two main line rail stations – Glasgow Central and Glasgow’s recently transformed Queen Street as well as Glasgow’s underground service. It is also only five minutes from the commercial centre of Glasgow and within walking distance of Glasgow’s universities, colleges and Glasgow Royal Infirmary (Glasgow University is a short subway ride away). It is opposite the newly constructed Technology and Innovation Centre located on High Street.

  • Features
  • More Information
  • Compliance
  • Useful Links

Click on any icon to see the features we offer.


  • Cleaning Communal Areas

  • Insurances

  • Sleep Pack

  • Out of Hours Emergency Service

  • Decking

  • Amenities

  • Internet

  • Social

  • Furnished or Unfurnished

  • Features

  • Apartment Choices

  • Safety/Security

  • About

  • Rental Pricing Structure

Generic questions that Tenants may ask are detailed in the Tenant Section of the website.  However information pertaining to Merchant Central Building is shown below, and also found within The Merchant Central Building Section of the website.

As many of you renting at Merchant Central Building may be doing so for the first time, Be-Rented has provided below a list of frequently asked questions. Hopefully these will answer many of your queries and give you peace of mind. A Merchant Central Building Handbook will be provided to all tenants at the commencement of their lease, which provides additional information on renting at Merchant Central Building and relationship with Be-Rented.  This will be sent to the email address provided.

Are my possessions insured?
The landlord is responsible for insuring the property and any items owned by them left in the apartment. All tenants are responsible for insuring their own possessions within the accommodation. Be-Rented can organise insurance for you through our insurance broker. Ask a member of Be-Rented for more details. If you are planning to leave your rented accommodation for more than four weeks, you must inform Be-Rented in writing. Being unoccupied for a period may affect the insurance, so Be-Rented are obliged to take steps to protect the accommodation.

How do I set up my internet?
You contact your chosen provider. Your apartment has an internet connection.

Can I get Sky/satellite dishes?
The development’s deed of conditions does not allow satellite dishes on the building. All apartments have broadband facilities.

Telephone Connection
The telephone service in each apartment will have been disconnected, but it may be reconnected in the new tenant’s name. British Telecom telephone number is: 0800 800 150 or www.bt.com. The property is fitted with a cable/digital line, however a provider will require to be sourced by the tenant. All charges are the responsibility of the tenant and arrangement must be made for disconnection at the end of the tenancy.

Do I need a TV licence?
If you are intending to use a TV in the apartment then you are responsible for having an up to date TV license. TV Licensing Board can be contacted on: 0844 800 6790 or www.tvlicensing.co.uk.

How do I sort out any utility provisions and inform them I’ve moved in?
Be-Rented will take your electricity reading and this will be provided in your inventory and will notify the utility company on your behalf.

Council Tax
Be-Rented will advise the relevant Local Authority of all new tenant names and occupancy dates. Tenants must apply to the local authority for any relevant discounts or exemptions.

Where do I put my rubbish?
If you live in Block A, 1 Blackfriars Road, turn left as you go out the main door.  Your bin store is on your left.
If you live in Block B, 3 Blackfriars Road, turn left as you go out the main door.  Your bin store is on your left corner.

Who cleans the communal areas?
The management company that manages all communal aspects of the building, sometimes referred to as a factor, arranges the cleaning.

Can I hang pictures?
Yes, you may hang pictures, however please remember that you may be charged for any marks on your wall as per your inventory.

Can I have pets?
In line with normal Deed of Conditions, no animals are allowed in Merchant Central Building.

Can I have friends and family stay over?
Be-Rented frequently get asked this. In short, one or two nights is acceptable, however the condition of the lease governs who can stay in the apartment long term.

Can I stay in the apartment during summer holidays?
You can stay in your apartment as long as your rent is paid!

If I go away from my apartment for the summer what do I need to do?
For insurance purposes you should let Be-Rented know if you are away from your apartment for more than twenty-eight days.

If I am a student and my loan is late

Be-Rented will try to accommodate you where we can and we may require to consult with the landlord to obtain their short-term concession.  There may be a late payment fee on this facility, however Be-Rented would advise you of this in writing prior to any agreement being granted.  We would also require to see written confirmation that your fees were going to be late.

Generic questions that Tenants may ask are detailed in the Tenant Section of the website.  However information pertaining to Merchant Central Building is shown below, and also found within The Merchant Central Building Section of the website.

At the commencement of your tenancy the paperwork below will be provided to you.  Some of these documents will require your signature.

Tenancy Agreement
The management agent agreement you sign is a legal contract between the landlord/management agent and the tenant. You should read the agreement and ensure you fully understand its contents. The Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) places legal obligations on you and if you are in doubt, please consult a solicitor or a qualified person before signing which would be at your own cost.

Terms of Lease
Should you decide to leave your rented property, you must notify Be-Rented in writing giving 28 days’ notice.

Every tenant that moves into the property must be named on, and must sign the tenancy agreement. It will be considered a breach of the agreement if anyone moves into the accommodation without the permission of the landlord or agent.

Inventory Items
This report provides an impartial and easy to follow schedule of condition for each of the main features of the accommodation, i.e. all rooms plus en-suite (if applicable) together with details of its contents. It has been prepared on the understanding that where no comment on the condition of an element or item is made by the inventory assessor, the element or item is taken to be in good serviceable condition and without defect(s). This report will specifically comment on, and identify defects or elements in poor condition that have been observed during the inspection and will be described in the narrative of the report/evidenced in the photographs contained in the report. This report must be signed by the tenant(s) and returned to Be-Rented within five working days from the commencement of the tenancy. If the report is not returned by the tenant(s) within this timescale, any future discrepancies will not be admissible.

Schedule of Recharges
At your move out inspection appointment there will be a review of the condition of your accommodation. At this point Be-Rented will establish what maintenance is required to bring the accommodation back to the condition as at the commencement of your tenancy. Discounts will be applied for reasonable wear and tear but you will be expected to pay in full for any substantial damage caused during your tenancy. Missing items and damage to furniture, furnishings, carpets and equipment will be charged at the current replacement costs. If you have any questions regarding recharge costs on your move out, it is essential you discuss with our letting staff before moving out of the accommodation. Please see the information sheets entitled Schedule of Recharge Rates & Inventory Items which you will have received as part of your move-in paperwork.

Tenancy Handbook
At the commencement of your tenancy you will be provided with a Tenancy Handbook that is referred to in your Private Residential Tenancy (PRT).

Tenancy Information Pack
At the commencement of your tenancy you will be provided with a copy of the Tenancy Information Pack. It is a document produced by The Scottish Government. The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented accommodation. It talks about your home, tenancy and landlord, and the responsibilities of you and your landlord. The pack is not part of your Tenancy Agreement but sets out important information that is relevant to you and your landlord. The pack contains a summary of legislation relevant to private tenants. Should you want more detailed legal information, or opinion, you should seek specialist advice

Cancellation
Unfortunately once you have committed and signed your tenancy agreement, this is a legally binding contract that you have entered into, committing you to the full term and rent as stated on the tenancy agreement. You cannot cancel your tenancy, however you can transfer your obligations to someone else who is eligible to live at the apartment with the agent’s agreement. Be-Rented are not obliged to find you a suitable person to take over your tenancy. YOU are responsible for the full financial commitment for the initial length of your tenancy.

Payment
Your first monthly rental and deposit, together with all legal Documentation, must be paid and signed before you are provided with your apartment keys and move in. Your rental will be due on the 1st day of each month following the month of your move in. Rental must be paid by Standing Order or BACS transfer on the due date. Payments made by any other method may incur a small administration fee.

Insurances
The landlord is responsible for insuring the property and any items owned by them left in the property. All tenants are responsible for insuring their own possessions within the accommodation.

Be-Rented can offer you contents insurance via our insurance partner.  The insurer is a UK insurance intermediary specialising in the student, education and graduate markets. It is the preferred insurer for several unions and professional associations. The flexible policy insures what’s important to you, from gadgets and contents to bikes and musical instruments, starting at university and continuing into your professional life.  We can talk to you about this when viewing the property or making your reservation. To find out more, speak to one of the Be-Rented team.

If you are planning to leave your rented accommodation for more than four weeks, you must inform Be-Rented in writing. Being unoccupied for a period may affect the buildings insurance, so Be-Rented are obliged to take steps to protect the accommodation. 

 

For further details of any of the above or if you have any additional questions, please mail contactus@be-rented.com or call us on 01355 302061.  The team at Be-Rented is ready to help you with every property request.