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 >>

Act now to avoid higher Land & Building Transaction Tax rates

February 1, 2016 | Katharine Smith |

land & building transaction tax rates

On 28 January the Scottish Government published the Land & Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.  This follows the announcement by Scotland’s Finance Secretary in the Scottish budget in December 2015 that Scotland would follow the steps announced by the UK chancellor in charging additional Land & Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) (Scotland’s equivalent of stamp duty) … Read More >>

Problems ahead for student letting in Scotland?

January 25, 2016 | TC Young |

student letting

The Stage 1 report into the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) from the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has been published along with their recommendations. Evidence has been taken from various stakeholders in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and the report and its recommendations were debated in the Scottish Parliament earlier this month.  … Read More >>

Legal highs, employment lows

January 7, 2016 | Marianne |

Legal highs, employment lows

Employers routinely have to be live to changes to employment laws and practices to ensure that they operate within the scope of employment legislation. However, alongside these types of changes, employers should be aware of cultural changes which might have an impact on their place of work. One such cultural change which is becoming an … Read More >>

All change in public procurement law

December 22, 2015 | Lauren |

public procurement law

There have been a flurry of new developments in public procurement law in Scotland and we have provided a brief summary of these below. Please watch this space for further detail and more commentary on the changes! 1. Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 The 2015 regulations were published on 22 December and are due to come … Read More >>