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The Price of a Data Breach

July 12, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

price of a data breach

We previously blogged about data protection breaches under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how to deal with the aftermath. Since then, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued its first fine using the GDPR, which came into force in May 2018, and accompanying Data Protection Act 2018. Under previous legislation, the maximum monetary … Read More >>

Trust Deeds and Sequestration in the Social Housing Sector

July 3, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Trust deeds and sequestration

It is a frustrating situation for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) when tenants become insolvent and any outstanding debt becomes irrecoverable. Below we answer some common questions around tenants signing trust deeds and sequestration. Are we obliged to write off any debt? At what stage do we do so? When a tenant enters into a trust … Read More >>

Housing Regulations for Veterans

June 28, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (Modification of Schedule 1) Regulations 2019 On 1st July 2019 the above regulations will come into force. These regulations modify the provisions of the 2016 Act whereby residential tenancies granted by charities to provide housing for veterans or temporary accommodation to care leavers cannot be classed as Private … Read More >>

Failsafe Beneficiary – Future Proofing Your Will

June 28, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Failsafe beneficiary

“We’re all going on a summer holiday…” It’s that time of year again. Sun, sea and sand… it’s holiday time. Multi-generational travel has increased markedly over the past few years. No longer is it simply mum, dad and the children jetting off abroad, it is now mum, dad, the grandparents, the grandchildren etc. Whilst family … Read More >>

New Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection Loan Scheme for RSLs

June 7, 2019 | Ainsley McKinlay |

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection Loan Scheme

From 1 February 2021 Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) will need to ensure that the fire and carbon monoxide detection systems in their residential properties meet the new ‘tolerable standard’. The Scottish Government has introduced a loan scheme in order to assist RSLs implement the changes that may be required. For a further explanation of the … Read More >>

To Cremate or … Compost? – Your Will and Funeral Instructions

June 5, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

will and funeral Instructions

Deciding upon what you wish to happen to your body when you die is never an easy thought. What would your family want? Should you be buried? But along with that can often come additional expenditure on top of funeral costs, including purchasing a lair etc. Or should you be cremated and have your ashes … Read More >>

Freedom of Information: New Guidance Published for RSLs and their Subsidiaries

June 4, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

guidance on freedom of information

The Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) has recently published two sets of guidance on Freedom of Information (FOI), Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and the terms of the Order which brings RSLs under the FOI regime. The guidance relates to: How Freedom of Information will apply to RSLs and their subsidiary companies; and Which RSL subsidiaries are … Read More >>

Property Factors – Should We Register?

May 30, 2019 | Christine |

property factors register

The Property Factors Scotland Act 2011 required all property factors to register on the newly formed Register of Property Factors. Failure to register is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or even imprisonment! Given the sanctions which exist it is important to be clear who is under an obligation to register. This is still … Read More >>

The Importance of Reviewing Your Will

May 29, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Reviewing Your Will

If you have a Will in place, it is important to review this on a regular basis to ensure it is up to date with your personal and financial circumstances. People often think of reviewing matters such as the amount of money to be left to nieces or nephews or who should, in fact, inherit … Read More >>

Brain Injury Awareness Week

May 22, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Brain Injury Awareness

Brain Injury Awareness Week 2019 is here – #ActionForBrainInjuryWeek #ABIWeek, culminating with #HatsForHeadway on Friday 24th May. As is often the case, family members can face numerous difficulties as the result of a loved one succumbing to a brain injury – if they no longer have capacity to make decisions for themselves and if the … Read More >>