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Energy Efficiency Regulations To Come Into Force

November 19, 2019 | Nicola Caldwell |

energy efficiency regulations

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 are proposed to come into force on 1 April 2020. The purpose of these regulations is to tackle the the least energy-efficient properties in Scotland. These regulations outline minimum standards of energy efficiency landlords must meet for domestic private rented properties. EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Update – LANDLORD WARNING!!!

November 14, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

Tenancy deposit

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. The scheme is regulated by … Read More >>

Letters of Wishes

November 14, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Letters of Wishes

You have made a Will. Congratulations! This now means all of your affairs are in order, your Will can be easily interpreted upon your death and your family will understand your reasons for what you have chosen to include in your Will. Well, not necessarily. It can, at times, be difficult to understand someone’s Will … Read More >>

Title Conditions – What a Burden

October 29, 2019 | Jane Mill |

title conditions

Are you a property owner whose title deeds contain conditions which are out-of-date or unclear or in some way now proving to be unduly onerous or prohibitive to the use and enjoyment of your property? Are you looking for ways to have your title conditions varied or even discharged? It is possible to vary and/or … Read More >>

Prescriptive Possession

October 21, 2019 | Stephanie Wood |

Have you possessed land for which you have registered a deed “openly, peacefully and without judicial interruption”? If yes, you may have obtained good title to it. The law, or prescription, operating for sasine titles has remained unchanged since the introduction of the Prescription and Limitations (Scotland) Act 1973 in that where a title includes a … Read More >>

You own a business? Make a Will!

October 16, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Business will

For many, the prospect of making a Will to adequately provide for their family can seem a rather daunting task. However, when you are a business owner, the number of issues to be considered increases. With that in mind, why should business owners make a Will? Is it really that important? Planning for the future … 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 >>