What is a Letter of Wishes?

May 9, 2017 | TC Young |

letter of wishes

Our earlier blog on Wills spoke of the need for getting professional advice and not relying on a DIY Will.  There is a document, however, which we would actively encourage you to DIY and that is a Letter of Wishes. A Letter of Wishes is often stored alongside Wills, and can act as a guide … Read More >>

Innovative Housing Solution for Vulnerable Adult

May 4, 2017 | TC Young |

Innovative Housing Solution for Vulnerable Adult

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’s the latest with the Scottish Property Market?

March 23, 2017 | TC Young |

Scottish Property Market

Registers of Scotland (RoS) recently released their Annual Market Review 2016 detailing activity in the Scottish residential property market for that year. So what’s the latest news for the Scottish Property Market? The key points highlighted in this report are – The volume of sales increased by 3.3% on 2015 The average price of a … Read More >>

Conditional Performance Bonds v On Demand Performance Bonds

March 22, 2017 | Lauren |

Performance Bonds

“The name is Bond…..” Employers under construction contracts often try to protect themselves against the risk of loss from a variety of events by asking the contractor for a performance bond. A performance bond is a form of security provided by a third party, usually a bank or insurance company, guaranteeing the obligations of the … Read More >>

Letting Agent Registration – Scottish Government Guidance

March 20, 2017 | Claire Mullen |

letting agent registration

Our blog headed “Letting Agent Registration – (Less than) A Year To Go!” discussed the forthcoming requirements for letting agent registration following the enactment of the Letting Agent Registration (Scotland) Regulations 2016. Anticipated Scottish Government guidance on letting agent registration has since been published and can be found here. The guidance provides information on: who … Read More >>

Top Tips for Selling Your Property in Edinburgh

March 16, 2017 | TC Young |

property in edinburgh

Top Tips for selling your property in Edinburgh This is a good time to sell as there is a lack of stock on the market at present and there is a strong demand for many types of properties. From a selling point of view it is not worth holding off until Easter or better weather. … 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 specific … Read More >>

Letting Agent Registration – (Less than) A Year To Go!

February 15, 2017 | TC Young |

letting agent registration

Regular readers of our blog will be aware that the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 made provisions for the mandatory letting agent registration, regulation and training requirements in Scotland. The Letting Agent Registration (Scotland) Regulations 2016 were laid before the Scottish Parliament in December 2016 and will come into force on 31st January 2018. The Regulations … Read More >>

Legal Help for living with Dementia

February 3, 2017 | Ross Wallace |

legal help for living with dementia

Our firm was delighted to take part in a Dementia Friends information session which involved staff completing a number of activities with a view to understanding how to interact better with people living with dementia (for example always use the term ‘living’ with dementia, never ‘suffering’). We are often asked about legal help for living … Read More >>

Advice for First Time Buyers

February 1, 2017 | TC Young |

Advice for First Time Buyers

Buying your first home is an exciting prospect. In the past few years less people have been able to realise their dream of getting on the property ladder due to lack of sufficient mortgage availability, job uncertainty and the rise in property prices in many areas, particularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. However the market is … Read More >>