Category Archives: Social Housing

To Report or not Report a GDPR Breach?

April 6, 2018 | Rachel Munro |

To Report or not report a GDPR Breach?

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), a Data Controller is under a strict obligation to report a GDPR breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the event that it meets certain requirements. Time frame for reporting You must report a personal data breach, under Article 33, without undue delay and not later than … Read More >>

The Role of the Data Protection Officer in RSLs

March 27, 2018 | Umera Rashid |

data protection officer

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) is the individual who is responsible for an organisation’s overall compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The GDPR makes it mandatory for a DPO to be appointed for any organisation which is a public body. The definition of public body is taken from Freedom of Information legislation and … Read More >>

Anti-social Behaviour Case Study – court approach

March 21, 2018 | Hayley Swanson |

Anti-social Behaviour Case Study – court approach

Eviction cases based on anti-social behaviour are always difficult and although they invariably turn on their own particular facts and circumstances, it is possible to draw guidance from the approach of the Courts in previous cases. A recent example is the case of Midlothian Council v Lee Greens. This was an action for recovery of … Read More >>

What should RSLs do when a Scottish secure tenant passes away

March 9, 2018 | Jim |

Scottish secure tenant passes away

The only things in life which are certain are death and taxes. They both also cause a great deal of uncertainty in life. We are often asked, what happens to a Scottish secure tenancy when a tenant dies? What happens to the tenancy? If there is a joint tenant the tenancy will continue as a … Read More >>

Exemption for certain Heritable Securities from the ’20 Year Rule’

February 6, 2018 | Alison B |

20 year rule

The 20 Year Rule provides that a heritable security (e.g. a standard security) over a private home may be redeemed on repayment of all money advanced under the security together with interest and expenses after 20 years. This can create issues in shared equity arrangements. In 2014 Scottish Government held a consultation on exempting certain … Read More >>

Public Procurement: What happens if a Supplier gets into financial difficulty?

January 16, 2018 | Lauren |

public procurement

Carillion, a key supplier to the UK Government, has gone into liquidation.  The impact has been felt throughout the public sector where there is uncertainty over what will happen to the works and services carried out by Carillion under public contracts.  Many impacted public bodies will be wondering what they can do in terms of public … Read More >>

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for HR

November 30, 2017 | Alastair |

general data protection regulation

Many organisations are currently preparing themselves for the General Data Protection Regulation. For many their initial focus for the forthcoming changes (May 2018) may be on their ‘day to day business’, but it is also important that their ‘day to day business’ includes their HR procedures.  Consideration needs to be given to ensure their current … Read More >>

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 >>

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