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Freedom of Information: New Guidance Published for RSLs and their Subsidiaries

June 4, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

guidance on freedom of information

The Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) has recently published two sets of guidance on Freedom of Information (FOI), Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and the terms of the Order which brings RSLs under the FOI regime. The guidance relates to: How Freedom of Information will apply to RSLs and their subsidiary companies; and Which RSL subsidiaries are … Read More >>

Property Factors – Should We Register?

May 30, 2019 | Christine |

property factors register

The Property Factors Scotland Act 2011 required all property factors to register on the newly formed Register of Property Factors. Failure to register is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or even imprisonment! Given the sanctions which exist it is important to be clear who is under an obligation to register. This is still … Read More >>

The Importance of Reviewing Your Will

May 29, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Reviewing Your Will

If you have a Will in place, it is important to review this on a regular basis to ensure it is up to date with your personal and financial circumstances. People often think of reviewing matters such as the amount of money to be left to nieces or nephews or who should, in fact, inherit … Read More >>

Brain Injury Awareness Week

May 22, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Brain Injury Awareness

Brain Injury Awareness Week 2019 is here – #ActionForBrainInjuryWeek #ABIWeek, culminating with #HatsForHeadway on Friday 24th May. As is often the case, family members can face numerous difficulties as the result of a loved one succumbing to a brain injury – if they no longer have capacity to make decisions for themselves and if the … Read More >>

What does Freedom of Information mean for RSL Procurement?

May 20, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

freedom of information and procurement

Office equipment; repair services; boilers; stationary and much more are bought by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) as a matter of course. Sometimes it’s simple for an RSL to buy things – other times it’s more complex and subject to public procurement law. No matter what, information about what they are buying will be given to … Read More >>

Dying Matters Awareness Week

May 14, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Dying matters

No-one likes to contemplate their own death or think of the death of a loved one. It is however an important topic of conversation to have with your family and friends and is encouraged as part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week. Doing this at an early stage allows you to have an unpressured conversation … Read More >>

What are the Duties of a Financial Guardian?

May 14, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

Duties of a financial guardian

Once appointed by the Court to act as Financial Guardian there are certain administrative responsibilities which you will have to fulfill, these are detailed below. By taking on this role you are accepting this responsibility and it is therefore important that you consider if you have the time and ability to carry out the duties … Read More >>

When is a “holiday let” not a “holiday let”?

May 3, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

holiday let

Holiday lettings sit outwith the standard regulatory framework of the private rented sector. A holiday let is excluded from constituting a Private Residential Tenancy. There is no requirement for such landlords to register or pay over a deposit to a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Furthermore, the Repairing Standard does not apply to holiday lets of less than … Read More >>

Gifting Your Property to Avoid Care Costs

April 16, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

gifting your property

Many families wish to ensure that their family are provided for in the future. They have worked hard to be able to own their property and do not want their estate to be exhausted by paying care costs.  Beware – there are many things to consider before gifting your property to avoid care costs. Should … Read More >>