Category Archives: Social Housing

Will Covid-19 affect your FOISA deadlines?

March 13, 2020 | Ainsley McKinlay |

Will Covid-19 affect your FOISA deadlines

Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) may already be concerned about their ability to respond to requests within the statutory 20 working day timescale due to the possible implications of Covid-19. Will Covid-19 affect your FOISA deadlines?  In light of the continued spread of the virus, the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) has published a statement addressing the … Read More >>

Streamlined Ground 2 Evictions – An Update!

March 12, 2020 | Catherine McQuarrie |

mandatory ground for eviction

On 1st May 2019, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 was amended to provide Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) with a mandatory ground of eviction where a tenant is criminally convicted. However, almost one year later, there remains a cloud of judicial uncertainty surrounding these cases. Section 16(2)(aa) of the 2001 Act establishes what is effectively a … Read More >>

Climate Change Act – How Does This Affect RSLs?

March 10, 2020 | Laura Shields |

climate change act

Freedom of Information (FOI) applied to RSLs as of 11th November 2019 – but did you know that the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 now also applies? As you will be aware, RSLs are now defined as a Scottish public authority under the new FOI provisions. As the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 applies to … Read More >>

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 >>

‘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 >>

Abandonment Proceedings

January 20, 2020 | Catherine McQuarrie |

abandonment proceedings

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (2001 Act) allows the landlord of a Scottish Secure Tenancy to recover an abandoned property without the need for court proceedings. Section 17, 18 and 19 of the 2001 Act deal with this procedure. The procedure can only be applied where the landlord has reasonable grounds for believing that: the … 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 >>