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Texting your Will instructions. Is this a good idea?

August 7, 2017 | Ross Wallace |

An article from The Telegraph details plans to revolutionise the ‘outdated’ system for having a Will made and suggests allowing new ways to provide Will instructions for your death such as notes, voicemail’s, emails and texts. The current system A valid Will is signed on all pages by the testator (the person who’s Will it is) … Read More >>

How should you contract with your subsidiary?

July 26, 2017 | Lauren |

contract with your subsidiary

In the current economic climate, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are looking to make savings in their procurement processes in any way that they can. Many of our RSL clients have subsidiary companies which can carry out work on their behalf and for third parties. Where an RSL and its subsidiary are members of a VAT … Read More >>

A new abandonment procedure for private landlords in Scotland

July 11, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

abandonment procedure

There is currently no formal abandonment procedure for the Private Rented Sector under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 (1988 Act). Despite the property appearing abandoned, generally private landlords have no legal right to recover the property in absence of a court order. The Private Rented Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016 (2016 Act) introduces a new type … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposits Scotland – Frequently Asked Questions

July 10, 2017 | Kirstie Donnelly |

tenancy deposits scotland

Since 2012, landlords in Scotland have been required to lodge security deposits in one of three approved tenancy deposit schemes. Landlords should by now be well aware of their obligations to lodge deposits within 30 working days and to provide tenants with specific information relating to the tenancy and the deposit.  However, our LetLaw team … Read More >>

What is the new Private Residential Tenancy in Scotland?

July 7, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

private residential tenancy

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 will introduce a new tenancy regime to Scotland called the Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). This new tenancy is anticipated to take effect sometime in December 2017. What happens to assured and short assured tenancies when the PRT takes effect? The 2016 Act provides that a tenancy cannot be … Read More >>

Will tenants automatically be evicted for drugs convictions?

June 22, 2017 | Emma McBride |

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What can landlords do if they discover their property is being used for growing or supplying illegal drugs? Surely if the tenant is convicted a landlord can expect to receive an order from the court allowing them to evict? However, the case of Glasgow Housing Association v Stuart shows that landlords cannot merely rely on … Read More >>

Additional Dwelling Supplement – one year on…

June 12, 2017 | Emma McBride |

Additional dwelling supplement

It has now been over a year since the introduction of the Additional Dwelling Supplement which came into force on 1 April 2016. The Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) is an additional amount of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). The current rate of ADS is 3% on the full purchase price and applies to purchases … Read More >>

Dementia Awareness Week

May 29, 2017 | Linsey Dagger |

This week is dementia awareness week in Scotland, culminating on Friday with Alzheimer Scotland’s flagship annual conference in Edinburgh, where T C Young will be in attendance. There has also been additional press coverage in the last few weeks from politicians as they gear up for the General Election. Rather than kissing babies, it is … Read More >>

What is a Letter of Wishes?

May 9, 2017 | Linsey Dagger |

letter of wishes

Our earlier blog on Wills spoke of the need for getting professional advice and not relying on a DIY Will.  There is a document, however, which we would actively encourage you to DIY and that is a Letter of Wishes. A Letter of Wishes is often stored alongside Wills, and can act as a guide … Read More >>

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