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Modern Apprentice Opportunities

October 2, 2019 | angie |

Modern apprentice opportunities

At TC Young, we offer modern apprentice opportunities in all of our offices. We have worked with school leavers for a number of years (before it was called a modern apprenticeship) and it is a recruitment method that we feel offers excellent training for school leavers. It is also a relationship that we continue 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 >>

Funeral Expenses Payment in Scotland

September 16, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Funeral Expenses Payment

Today sees the introduction of a new Social Security Scotland benefit to assist those on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral.  The payment, known as Funeral Expenses Payment, can help pay for some of the costs of the funeral (burial/cremation fees, travel to arrange or attend funeral, death certificate & other documents). … Read More >>

What is a Home Report?

September 10, 2019 | Lindsey Taylor |

home report

Home Reports provide buyers, solicitors and mortgage lenders with a clear market valuation of residential property on the open market for sale and give detailed information on the condition of the property. The onus is now with the seller of a property in Scotland, who wishes to sell their residential property on the open market, … Read More >>

Tenement Repairs – a common problem

September 4, 2019 | Jane Mill |

tenement repairs

Are you the owner of a property in a tenement? If you are, can you answer the following:- Who owns the various parts in your tenement building? Who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of your tenement? What do you do if tenement repairs are required? Who is settling the account for your tenement … Read More >>

Unauthorised Sub-Letting of Social Housing

August 26, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

unauthorised sub-letting

With the availability of websites such as Gumtree and Airbnb, we have seen a sharp rise in tenants engaging in unauthorised sub-letting. Where the landlord of such properties is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL), the unauthorised sub-letting of a property for excessive sums of money (sometimes whilst the rental charge due to the RSL goes … Read More >>

Shared Equity and Rural Housing Burdens

August 15, 2019 | Neil |

shared equity and rural housing burdens

With shared equity schemes, including Homestake and LiFT, now becoming increasingly popular some Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and their subsidiaries who are Rural Housing Bodies, have applied a Rural Housing Burden (RHB) on their shared equity developments.  How does shared equity and rural housing burdens work? What is a Rural Housing Burden? The official definition … Read More >>

Changes to Inheritance Tax?

August 14, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Changes to Inheritance Tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has made some recommendations and proposals to make changes to Inheritance Tax. Whilst these proposals may look good on the surface, do they actually lead to the elimination of some useful tax breaks such as taper relief? Timescales A welcome proposal made by the OTS is the reduction of … Read More >>

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants of Scottish Secure Tenancies

August 13, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants

Joint and Several Liability – what does it mean? If there are two or more joint tenants to a Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement, they will be jointly and severally liable for all of that tenancy’s contractual obligations. What this means for the landlord is that it can hold either one or all of the tenants … Read More >>

Beware bills for balcony repairs!

August 9, 2019 | Christine |

Balcony repairs

Having dealt with a number of queries involving balcony repairs in both tenements and flatted dwelling house complexes, it is useful to learn lessons from the experience of others. The recurring question of ownership was highlighted in a recent case, Speirs Gumley Property Management –v- Lafferty. Factors for a development in Paisley carried out “necessary … Read More >>