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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 >>

What is the difference between a power of attorney and guardianship?

August 5, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

difference between a power of attorney and guardianship

Often people will ask – what is the difference between a power of attorney and guardianship or if one is better than the other? Our simple guide below explains the difference. Power of Attorney Power of attorney is a legal document which you (“the grantor”) grant in favour of another person (“the attorney”) to make … Read More >>

What is a Liferent?

August 1, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

what is a liferent

Dependent upon your family circumstances, it may be sensible to consider including a liferent provision in your Will. However, what is a liferent exactly and how may it benefit you? What is a liferent?   A liferent can be used where you wish your spouse, for instance, to benefit from the income from your assets … Read More >>

Further Changes for Private Landlord Registration Regulations

July 31, 2019 | Kay Slater |

landlord registration

On 16 September 2019, The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 came into effect, introducing a more comprehensive, rigorous application process in order to raise general awareness amongst landlords of their legal requirements and to provide better assurance to private rented sector tenants of landlord competence and compliance. In short, the regulations have changed … Read More >>

Government Launches Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

July 29, 2019 | John Norrie |

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The government has just launched a consultation on how to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. The consultation seeks views on how employers can be encouraged to better prioritise the prevention of sexual harassment. Consideration is being given to a new duty to require employers to actively protect staff from harassment in the workplace. This … Read More >>