Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill – the impact on Scottish Residential Tenancies

April 3, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1st April 2020. It will take effect after receiving royal assent (likely next week) and will be known as the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020. This new act introduces significant temporary changes to residential tenancy law in the private and social rented sectors. What are … Read More >>

Private Residential Tenancies: Abandoned Belongings

April 3, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

abandoned belongings

We are aware of increasing instances where tenants, in particular student tenants, are giving Notice to Leave and returning home. On occasion, these tenants are leaving and have abandoned belongings in the property. While the tenancy agreement will usually oblige tenants to remove their belongings on departure, difficulties arise where the tenancy agreement omits to … Read More >>

Reduction of a Residential Lease

April 2, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Reduction of a Residential Lease

Since 25 May 2015 it has been possible to raise an action challenging the existence of a lease in the Sheriff Court by way of an action for reduction. In the recent case of SW v Chesnutt Skeoch Limited the Upper Tribunal considered whether the First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) had jurisdiction to consider … Read More >>

Energy Efficiency Regulations to Come Into Force – Update

March 31, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Energy Efficiency Regulations

The Scottish Government has published a parliamentary report in connection with the forthcoming Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019. Our earlier blog stated that the Regulations were proposed to come into force on 1 April 2020. However the report confirms this will be postponed until 1 October 2020. What are the new … Read More >>

Employer Support: Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme – UPDATE

March 30, 2020 | Marianne |

Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

Following on from the Government’s announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we now have some further information about the scheme following updated guidance issued by the Government ( In summary, the following will apply: •  Employers will be able to apply to HMRC for a grant to cover 80 per cent of an employee’s … Read More >>

Employer Support: Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

March 23, 2020 | Marianne |

Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

In the midst of a period of uncertainty for all sectors across the U.K, it was a welcome change for us all to hear the Chancellor’s announcement on Friday 20 March that the Government will cover up to 80% of employee costs if your business has no work for them. Guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 This is an incredible … Read More >>

Coronavirus and Powers of Attorney

March 20, 2020 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

coronavirus and power of attorney

Now more than ever, we should be asking the question: “are my affairs in order?” In these uncertain times, it is prudent planning to consider putting a Will and Power of Attorney in place. A Will, of course, allows you to state what you wish to happen to your assets upon your death and provides … Read More >>

Coronavirus – landlord and letting agent update

March 19, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Coronavirus - Landlords and Letting Agent update

Following on from our blog on Monday regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on the private rented sector, it is abundantly clear that the pandemic is causing unprecedented worry to both landlords, letting agents and tenants. There appears to be a lot of speculation and panic about what the government will do to help tenants.  … Read More >>

Coronavirus – Guidance for Landlords and Letting Agents

March 16, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

Coronavirus – landlord and letting agent update

Each day our news feed is filled with updates and reports regarding the spread of the coronavirus.   Guidance from the UK Government is to stay at home for 7 days if you have a high temperature and a new continuous cough. What can landlords and letting agents do if tenants are self-isolating? The key … Read More >>