Category Archives: Social Housing

Are you ready for the GDPR?

October 19, 2017 | Alastair |

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25th May 2018 replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. Every public and private organisation in the UK, including RSLs, will have to comply with the regulations which relate to how organisations process and handle personal data. What are some of the main changes? Notice … Read More >>

Fair Rent appeal success for Housing Association Tenant

September 26, 2017 | Neil Matheson |

fair rent

Many housing associations still have a number of tenants who benefit from the protection of the Fair Rent regime.  They are tenants who have been with the Housing Association since before 2nd January 1989 and have not moved home voluntarily since 30th September 2002. When fixing a rent for one of these houses, housing associations … Read More >>

How should you contract with your subsidiary?

July 26, 2017 | Lauren |

contract with your subsidiary

In the current economic climate, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are looking to make savings in their procurement processes in any way that they can. Many of our RSL clients have subsidiary companies which can carry out work on their behalf and for third parties. Where an RSL and its subsidiary are members of a VAT … Read More >>

Will tenants automatically be evicted for drugs convictions?

June 22, 2017 | Emma McBride |

evicted

What can landlords do if they discover their property is being used for growing or supplying illegal drugs? Surely if the tenant is convicted a landlord can expect to receive an order from the court allowing them to evict? However, the case of Glasgow Housing Association v Stuart shows that landlords cannot merely rely on … Read More >>

Innovative Housing Solution for Vulnerable Adult

May 4, 2017 | Gavin Pearson |

We were approached by a housing association client who wanted to help a vulnerable adult to remain living in his deceased parent’s home. Otherwise there would be no option but for the adult to go into care, leaving the home he was comfortable in. The housing association agreed to purchase a share, just under 50%, … Read More >>

What could “Right to Rent” mean for Scotland?

February 17, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

right to rent

IMMIGRATION CHECKS DO NOT YET APPLY TO LANDLORDS IN SCOTLAND! We previously blogged about the UK Immigration bill which proposed duties on landlords to carry out immigration checks on prospective tenants – essentially checking if someone has the right to rent. The bill became law on 1st December 2014 in connection with premises located in … Read More >>

Scottish Land Fund for Community Ownership in Scotland

December 1, 2016 | Alison B |

Scottish land fund

On 22 April 2016, further legislation augmenting and transforming rights and responsibilities governing land ownership in Scotland entered into force.Furthering the Scottish Government’s aim of bringing an intended million acres of land into community ownership, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 makes further provisions designed to engage communities in decision making and facilitate community ownership. … Read More >>

Raising a Court Action: How Long Have I got?

November 29, 2016 | admin |

raising a court action

In Scotland, prescription is the law that regulates the period in which parties can pursue claims.  If I was raising a court action – how long have I got? Most claims in law prescribe after five years, which means that a party wishing to make a claim after that five year period may be prohibited … Read More >>

Brexit – the end of public procurement rules?

November 15, 2016 | Lauren |

public procurement rules

Following the recent signing of the CETA free trade deal between the EU and Canada, many are asking what the UK has in store in relation to trade and, specifically, public procurement rules, upon withdrawal from the EU. The public procurement rules which apply in Scotland come from the EU Procurement Directive – therefore, once … Read More >>

Judicial Review – A Year on from the Changes

November 10, 2016 | Christine |

Judicial Review

There were three significant changes to Judicial Review procedures brought in to effect by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. The 2014 Act made provision for wide-ranging reforms to the Scottish civil courts system in Scotland, as well as important reforms to the court procedure associated with judicial review in relation to time bar, permission … Read More >>

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