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Letterhead Requirements for Companies and Charities

February 27, 2020 | Jacqui Baynham |

Letterhead Requirements for Companies and Charities

What are the letterhead requirements for companies and charities? Could you as an individual and/or the company/charity be facing possible prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 with further fines of £100 per day being imposed? Under the Companies Act 2006, a company registered with Companies House must include their company’s registered name (as … Read More >>

Death of a Sole Director – What Next?

February 26, 2020 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

sole director dies

When a sole director of a company dies, there can often be difficulties. However, those difficulties are, perhaps, more evident where a sole shareholder dies who is also the sole director of a company. The general position is that where a company has a number of directors and one of the directors dies, the surviving … Read More >>

The Private Residential Tenancy: Notice to Leave Dates

February 25, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

The First-tier Tribunal recently considered the date to be stated in a notice to leave on or after which the landlord can expect to make an application to the Tribunal for eviction. By way of background, where a landlord wishes to recover possession of a Private Residential Tenancy, the landlord must serve a notice to … Read More >>

Short Term Lets and Airbnb

February 21, 2020 | Fiona McGougan |

short term lets airbnb

Airbnbs and Short-Terms Lets have become a contentious matter in Scotland in recent times. The Scottish Government have recently conducted research into Airbnbs and Short-Term Lets in Scotland which confirmed there are 31,884 active Airbnb listings, three times as many compared to 2016. It was found that in Edinburgh’s City Centre 16.7% of properties are … Read More >>

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – EHRC Guidance

February 19, 2020 | Marianne |

harassment in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new guidance in relation to sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace. In this blog we will look at the guidance, and what it means for employers. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination and harassment because of, or related to, one or more of the nine … Read More >>

Property Damage: The Importance of Evidence

February 17, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

property damage evidence

The recent First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) decision of Ritchie v Finlayson highlights the importance of providing sufficient evidence when making a claim against tenants for damage to the let property and contents. When a tenant vacates a property there may be times when the property is not left in the same condition as … Read More >>

Parental Bereavement Leave – what you need to know

February 11, 2020 | Marianne |

Parental bereavement leave

In January 2020, the government confirmed that paid parental bereavement leave will be introduced for eligible employees on 6 April 2020. Here we look at the new entitlements, and discuss how employers can support staff going through a bereavement. Quite amazingly, there has been no legal obligation for employers to provide paid time off for … Read More >>

“Notifiable Events” Requirement for Charities

February 6, 2020 | Jacqui Baynham |

notifiable events

Charities may be aware that Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) are asking all charities to report Notifiable Events. Whilst there is no legal requirement to report an event, OSCR are keen to encourage charities to report to them when there has been a significant event which may or may not have a negative … Read More >>

Parent Company Guarantees v Performance Bonds – What option is best for you?

January 31, 2020 | Ainsley McKinlay |

parent company guarantees

In the current economic climate, contractor default is even more prevalent in the construction and engineering industries. Therefore, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) should always look to protect their position when entering into construction contracts by taking active steps to guard against the risk of potential insolvency of contractors. This is usually done by the contractor … Read More >>

New Public Procurement Thresholds 2020/2021

January 30, 2020 | Ainsley McKinlay |

public procurement thresholds

The European Commission has released its updated public procurement thresholds that applies to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) from 1 January 2020. Every two years, the European Commission updates the financial thresholds at which the EU Directives apply. The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 set out specific procedures for awarding contracts in excess of the threshold values. … Read More >>