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Managing employees working from home

April 7, 2016 | Marianne |

Managing employees working from home

An area of employment law which is gaining more ground is the issue of managing employees working from home. In fact I have been asked by a number of clients about this issue given more employees are making flexible working requests to work from home. It is important that employers are aware of how to … Read More >>

Training requirements for letting agents

April 6, 2016 | TC Young |

Training requirements for letting agents

Within the last few weeks, Scottish Ministers have advised stakeholders of their proposals for the training requirements  for letting agents to go with the Code of Practice. The training requirements will apply to the most senior person in a letting agency business (unless they have no input into the letting agency’s day-to-day running) and all persons … Read More >>

Letting agent registration and code of conduct

April 5, 2016 | TC Young |

Letting agent registration and code of conduct

Most of the headlines for the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland have been grabbed by the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, which was passed after the stage 3 debate this month and set to become an Act. However, before we get an entirely new tenancy regime for the PRS, the sector will have to … Read More >>

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

April 1, 2016 | TC Young |

Private Housing Tenancies Scotland Bill

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 17th March 2016. The stated aim of the legislation is to create simpler tenancies, offer stability and security for private tenants and ensure predictability over rent increases. It also fundamentally changes the nature of the relationship between landlords and tenants from contractual … Read More >>

How do I get divorced in Scotland?

March 30, 2016 | Vicky |

How do I get divorced in Scotland

We are often asked the question – how do I get divorced in Scotland? In order to obtain a divorce you must raise an action in a Court which has jurisdiction.  Jurisdiction normally means that you raise the action in the Court nearest to you.  Before contemplating where to raise an action you must determine … Read More >>

Training Requirements for Letting Agents under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

March 15, 2016 | TC Young |

Training Requirements for Letting Agents

Part 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 makes provision for the registration, regulation and training requirements for letting agents in Scotland. The provisions include a mandatory register of letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test, training requirements, a code of practice to which all letting agents must adhere and enforcement through … Read More >>

What happens when a joint tenant leaves a property?

March 14, 2016 | TC Young |

We are often asked by landlords about joint tenancies. Particularly where one joint tenant wishes to leave a rented property and gives proper written notice, but the other joint tenant wishes to stay. Technically, a vacating tenant who gives

We are often asked by landlords about joint tenancies under an assured or short assured tenancy (if you have joint tenants under a Private Residential Tenancy, read this blog). Particularly where one joint tenant wishes to leave a rented property and gives proper written notice, but the other joint tenant wishes to stay. Technically, a … Read More >>

Plans and mapping requirements under the 2012 Act – what you need to know…

February 29, 2016 | Christine |

mapping requirements

The Scottish Government are anxious to ensure that all Scottish property is mapped on the Land Register as soon as possible. Mapping requirements are at the heart of the 2012 legislation. A cadastral map: a single unified map of all registered property in Scotland based on the ordinance survey map is being prepared.  However, accurate … Read More >>

National Living Wage – what you need to know!

February 8, 2016 | Marianne |

National living wage

As you will have no doubt seen in newspaper headlines and Government advertising billboards, there is a “new” rate of pay coming in – the National Living Wage. In this blog, we look at what this change is and what it will mean for businesses. There are currently four different hourly rates of National Minimum … Read More >>

A New Year, a new Trust to benefit the PRS

February 4, 2016 | Safe Deposits Scotland |

SafeDeposits Scotland Trust

A New Year is a time for new ideas, and we are now looking for yours. As Scotland’s only not-for-profit tenancy deposit scheme, we are in a unique position to give something back to the private rented sector and so we are delighted to announce the launch of the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. The Trust is … Read More >>