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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 |

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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 |

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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 |

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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 >>

Innovative Housing Solution for Vulnerable Adult

May 4, 2017 | Gavin Pearson |

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We were approached by a housing association client who wanted to help a vulnerable adult to remain living in his deceased parent’s home. Otherwise there would be no option but for the adult to go into care, leaving the home he was comfortable in. The housing association agreed to purchase a share, just under 50%, … Read More >>

What’s the latest with the Scottish Property Market?

March 23, 2017 | Eilidh McGuire |

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Registers of Scotland (RoS) recently released their Annual Market Review 2016 detailing activity in the Scottish residential property market for that year. So what’s the latest news for the Scottish Property Market? The key points highlighted in this report are – The volume of sales increased by 3.3% on 2015 The average price of a … Read More >>

Conditional Performance Bonds v On Demand Performance Bonds

March 22, 2017 | Lauren |

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“The name is Bond…..” Employers under construction contracts often try to protect themselves against the risk of loss from a variety of events by asking the contractor for a performance bond. A performance bond is a form of security provided by a third party, usually a bank or insurance company, guaranteeing the obligations of the … Read More >>

Letting Agent Registration – Scottish Government Guidance

March 20, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

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Our blog headed “Letting Agent Registration – (Less than) A Year To Go!” discussed the forthcoming requirements for letting agent registration following the enactment of the Letting Agent Registration (Scotland) Regulations 2016. Anticipated Scottish Government guidance on letting agent registration has since been published and can be found here. The guidance provides information on: who … Read More >>

Top Tips for Selling Your Property in Edinburgh

March 16, 2017 | Gavin Pearson |

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Top Tips for selling your property in Edinburgh This is a good time to sell as there is a lack of stock on the market at present and there is a strong demand for many types of properties. From a selling point of view it is not worth holding off until Easter or better weather. … Read More >>

What could “Right to Rent” mean for Scotland?

February 17, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

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IMMIGRATION CHECKS DO NOT YET APPLY TO LANDLORDS IN SCOTLAND! We previously blogged about the UK Immigration bill which proposed duties on landlords to carry out immigration checks on prospective tenants – essentially checking if someone has the right to rent. The bill became law on 1st December 2014 in connection with premises located in … Read More >>

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