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You own a business? Make a Will!

October 16, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Business will

The majority of people in Scotland do not have a Will. However, if you die without having a Will in place, your estate will be passed on according to the rules of intestacy. Under these rules, if a person dies leaving a spouse and children, the spouse will be entitled to certain rights, known as … Read More >>

Repayment Charges for Registered Social Landlords

October 8, 2019 | Christine |

Repayment charges

When proprietors within a tenement instruct a repair by dint of a Scheme Decision made in terms of the Tenement Management Scheme (Schedule 1 to the Tenement (Scotland) Act 2004) any owner in such a tenement can, if they wish, arrange for the repair and then look to the other owners for a contribution to … Read More >>

Short Scottish Secure Tenancy for Support Needs

September 25, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

short Scottish secure tenancy

Grounds for Offering an SSST There are presently 9 grounds on which a Registered Social Landlord may offer a prospective new tenant an SSST (a short Scottish secure tenancy). One of those grounds is that the property is to be let on a temporary basis to a person who is in receipt of a housing support service. … Read More >>

Funeral Expenses Payment in Scotland

September 16, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Funeral Expenses Payment

Today sees the introduction of a new Social Security Scotland benefit to assist those on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral.  The payment, known as Funeral Expenses Payment, can help pay for some of the costs of the funeral (burial/cremation fees, travel to arrange or attend funeral, death certificate & other documents). … Read More >>

What is a Home Report?

September 10, 2019 | Lindsey Taylor |

home report

Home Reports provide buyers, solicitors and mortgage lenders with a clear market valuation of residential property on the open market for sale and give detailed information on the condition of the property. The onus is now with the seller of a property in Scotland, who wishes to sell their residential property on the open market, … Read More >>

Tenement Repairs – a common problem

September 4, 2019 | Jane Mill |

tenement repairs

Are you the owner of a property in a tenement? If you are, can you answer the following:- Who owns the various parts in your tenement building? Who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of your tenement? What do you do if tenement repairs are required? Who is settling the account for your tenement … Read More >>

Unauthorised Sub-Letting of Social Housing

August 26, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

unauthorised sub-letting

With the availability of websites such as Gumtree and Airbnb, we have seen a sharp rise in tenants engaging in unauthorised sub-letting. Where the landlord of such properties is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL), the unauthorised sub-letting of a property for excessive sums of money (sometimes whilst the rental charge due to the RSL goes … Read More >>

Shared Equity and Rural Housing Burdens

August 15, 2019 | Neil |

shared equity and rural housing burdens

With shared equity schemes, including Homestake and LiFT, now becoming increasingly popular some Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and their subsidiaries who are Rural Housing Bodies, have applied a Rural Housing Burden (RHB) on their shared equity developments.  How does shared equity and rural housing burdens work? What is a Rural Housing Burden? The official definition … Read More >>

Changes to Inheritance Tax?

August 14, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Changes to Inheritance Tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has made some recommendations and proposals to make changes to Inheritance Tax. Whilst these proposals may look good on the surface, do they actually lead to the elimination of some useful tax breaks such as taper relief? Timescales A welcome proposal made by the OTS is the reduction of … Read More >>

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants of Scottish Secure Tenancies

August 13, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants

Joint and Several Liability – what does it mean? If there are two or more joint tenants to a Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement, they will be jointly and severally liable for all of that tenancy’s contractual obligations. What this means for the landlord is that it can hold either one or all of the tenants … Read More >>