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Child Custody Scotland – Listen to the Children

June 3, 2011 | Lynne |

Child Custody Scotland

Child Custody Scotland – I am often asked by parents what age their child has to be to express a view in a child custody dispute between parents. Although many people still talk of custody and access, these terms are no longer legally correct and are now called residence and contact. In terms of the … Read More >>

How do I Ensure a Tenant Pays their Rent?

June 2, 2011 | TC Young |

Tenant Pays their Rent

As a landlord, how do you ensure a tenant pays their rent? Well, in a nutshell, you can’t!  But you can try to protect yourself by taking some basic steps before you hand over the keys to the property. Credit checks What is your prospective tenant’s financial position?  Have they got multiple debts to other creditors? Are … Read More >>

What is a Housing Association’s Allocations Policy?

June 1, 2011 | Christine |

A housing association’s allocation policy is a public document that requires to be up to date and in keeping with: • an association’s Rules, • current legislation, including the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 as amended by the 2001 Act, the Equality Act 2010 and • all provisions in relation to Human Rights. Most Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) have carefully … Read More >>

Procurement Process: Get the Basics Right

June 1, 2011 | Lauren |

Procurement process

Clients continue to have a lot of questions concerning the procurement process and rightly so.  The risk of getting it wrong can be very costly for an organisation. So just how do you get the procurement process right? A common pitfall under the procurement regulations is a failure to make the distinction between selection and … Read More >>

UK Employment Legislation Controversial Reforms

May 31, 2011 | Marianne |

UK Employment Legislation Controversial Reforms

A number of national newspapers, along with the BBC, reported (from a Government source) that the Coalition were planning to introduce wide-ranging and controversial reforms to UK employment legislation. – Redundancy rules could be relaxed, says government – BBC News Article – Unions attack plans to reform employment laws – Guardian News Article This was to include: … Read More >>

Avoid Contract Confusion

May 26, 2011 | Douglas |

avoid contract confusion

We are often asked by housing associations to look at a contract for the purchase of land and to explain what it means. Legal contracts are supposed to provide certainty and clarity but the opposite can sometimes be the case. So how do you avoid contract confusion? We recently looked at a contract for a housing … Read More >>

Vulnerable adults – Would a Guardianship Help?

May 24, 2011 | Alison H |

Would a guardianship help

“Help! My Aunt Has Dementia and No Longer Understands”. Under Adult with Incapacity Legislation – Would a Guardianship help? Jean recently visited the office looking for advice on how she can help her elderly auntie, who’s in hospital. The medical staff caring for Jean’s aunt believe she no longer has capacity to make decisions on … Read More >>

Reduced funding for Stage 3 adaptations

May 17, 2011 | Christine |

stage 3 adaptations

With recent legislative changes Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are going to have to work hard to ensure they balance the requirements of the law against their annual budget. As a housing association in Scotland, how does Stage 3 adaptations and reduced funding affect you? The Equalities Act means that a number of obligations have been … Read More >>

Ready for more changes in the Private Rented Sector?

May 16, 2011 | Jim |

changes in the Private rented sector

The law is raining down on the private rented sector and over the next few years there will be major legal changes affecting you and your tenants.  Are you ready for more changes in the private rented sector? Ahead of the pack is the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011 which should be in force by … Read More >>

Does the Dangerous Dogs Act affect landlords?

May 16, 2011 | TC Young |

Would you know a dangerous dog if you saw one? Most tenants wouldn’t…and who can blame them. You may think the huge black snarling beast with the sharp teeth next door is a dangerous dog but the law probably disagrees. The problems caused by dangerous dogs remains a topical issue and a controversial one. I’ve … Read More >>