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Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Scottish landlord loses appeal

February 18, 2014 | TC Young |

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Scottish landlord loses appeal

Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Scottish landlord loses appeal against a decision made at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to hold them liable to pay their tenant three times the deposit taken, after their tenant took them to court over having failed to lodge their deposit in a tenancy deposit scheme. In the case of Tenzin v Russell … Read More >>

What is a limited company?

February 14, 2014 | TC Young |

What is a limited company?

What is a limited company? The limited company is the most common business vehicle in use in the UK. It must be incorporated (registered) at Companies House and, once incorporated, the limited company becomes a separate legal entity, distinct from its shareholders, directors and employees. In considering whether this is the best business vehicle for … Read More >>

Who legally owns the Attic Space in Scottish Tenements?

February 12, 2014 | Christine |

Who legally owns the Attic Space in Scottish Tenements?

Who legally owns the attic space in Scottish Tenements?  The ownership and maintenance of the attic space and roof of a tenement block can – and following reports within the local Edinburgh press, obviously does – cause significant confusion for flat owners. Despite statements to the contrary, the legal position relating to these parts of … Read More >>

Consumer Credit – What constitutes ‘Credit’ for housing associations?

February 3, 2014 | Len |

Consumer credit

The Consumer Credit Act 1974 (as amended by the Consumer Credit Act 2006) regulates consumer credit. This is an important area that Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) must be aware of when providing any form of credit to tenants. What is “any other form of financial accommodation?” A consumer credit agreement is an agreement between an … Read More >>

Alterations to TUPE – are you aware of key changes?

January 27, 2014 | Marianne |

Alterations to TUPE

As many people will be aware, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) are in place to provide employees with protection when their employment is transferred to another employer.  The coalition government recently carried out a consultation regarding alterations to TUPE and various proposals to change the regulations were recommended.  On 31 … Read More >>

TC Young support Sally Magnusson memoir

January 23, 2014 | Isabel |

TC Young support Sally Magnusson memoir

We are pleased to be supporting broadcaster Sally Magnusson in the launch of her new book, ‘Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything’. The book discusses her mother’s struggle with the illness and her family’s experience and gives a very personal insight into the effects of dementia on Sally’s family. Alzheimer Scotland have organised a  panel … Read More >>

Pension sharing when divorcing in Scotland

January 10, 2014 | Lynne |

pension sharing

Research by Glasgow and Edinburgh universities has suggested that many women separating from their husband are deciding against making a claim on their partner’s pension. This may be because pension holders tend to be extremely reluctant to relinquish a substantial part of their retirement fund or simply due to the fact that it can be a … Read More >>

Making a Will for a vulnerable adult

January 6, 2014 | TC Young |

Vulnerable adult

In a major appeal decision Sheriff Principal Kerr, North Strathclyde, has confirmed that Wills may be made for vulnerable adults with incapacity using powers under Part 6 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. Unlike the procedure for making “statutory Wills” in England, there is no explicit procedure for doing the same in Scotland. … Read More >>

Antisocial Behaviour Orders can help RSLs

December 20, 2013 | Jim |

Antisocial behaviour orders

In Scotland, if a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) have problematic tenants who regularly behave in an antisocial manner, they can make an application to court for Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBO) to be granted against tenants for the protection of neighbouring residents. An ASBO is an order granted by the court and will contain specific conditions … Read More >>

How can social landlords allocate housing from 2014

December 18, 2013 | Jim |

How can social landlords allocate housing

The recently published Housing (Scotland) Bill is proposing significant changes to how social landlords can allocate housing . Changes to the allocation rules are proposed to the following: Reasonable preference The Bill proposes a shorter applicant category list who must be given reasonable preference. Beyond these categories RSLs will have greater freedom to create groups they wish to … Read More >>