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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 |

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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 |

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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 >>

Inheritance Tax Changes? – What You Need To Know

March 5, 2020 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

inheritance tax changes

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has made some recommendations and proposals to overhaul Inheritance Tax (IHT). Whilst these proposals may look good on the surface, the devil is in the detail. A welcome proposal made by the OTS is the reduction of the seven-year gifting rule to five years.? This would see individuals being … Read More >>

Right to a Written Employment ‘Contract’ From Day 1

March 2, 2020 | John Norrie |

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Currently, employers are only required to give new employees a written employment ‘contract’ stating their main terms and conditions within two months of starting work. Following the governments Good Work Plan, the requirements will change for those starting work on or after 6 April 2020. In summary, the changes are: The obligation will extend to … Read More >>

Ethical Veganism – A Protected Belief Under The Equality Act 2010

February 28, 2020 | John Norrie |

ethical veganism

In the recent case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports an employment tribunal ruled that ethical veganism can be a philosophical belief worthy of protection under the Equality Act 2010. It is well known that the Act (which protects against discrimination, harassment and victimisation) covers religion and religious beliefs. It is less well known … 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 >>

Death of a Sole Director – What Next?

February 26, 2020 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

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When a sole director of a company dies, there can often be difficulties. However, those difficulties are, perhaps, more evident where a sole shareholder dies who is also the sole director of a company. The general position is that where a company has a number of directors and one of the directors dies, the surviving … Read More >>

The Private Residential Tenancy: Notice to Leave Dates

February 25, 2020 | Claire Mullen |

The First-tier Tribunal recently considered the date to be stated in a notice to leave on or after which the landlord can expect to make an application to the Tribunal for eviction. By way of background, where a landlord wishes to recover possession of a Private Residential Tenancy, the landlord must serve a notice to … Read More >>

Short Term Lets and Airbnb

February 21, 2020 | Fiona McGougan |

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Airbnbs and Short-Terms Lets have become a contentious matter in Scotland in recent times. The Scottish Government have recently conducted research into Airbnbs and Short-Term Lets in Scotland which confirmed there are 31,884 active Airbnb listings, three times as many compared to 2016. It was found that in Edinburgh?s City Centre 16.7% of properties are … Read More >>