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Get the procurement process basics right!

June 30, 2011 | Lauren |

Get the procurement process basics right

Many of our clients come too late for procurement advice, as they have already received notice of a potential challenge under the procurement regulations. If you are about to embark on a procurement exercise you should ask the following at the outset: 1. What type of contract is it? The procurement regulations apply to contracts for … Read More >>

Charities & RSLs Combat Climate Change

June 28, 2011 | Christine |

Combat Climate Change

Climate change burden Real burdens? “Boring”, you may say…. Indeed, often little consideration is given to imposing real burdens or conditions upon the sale of land or property. After the introduction of legislation in 2010, however, real burdens have become more attractive to charities, housing associations and individuals with an environmental conscience as they can now … Read More >>

Private Rented Housing Scotland Act 2011

June 24, 2011 | TC Young |

Private Rented Housing Scotland Act 2011

Are ready for the Private Rented Housing Scotland Act 2011? The Scottish Parliament doesn’t like to make life easy for us by just bringing a whole Act into force at the same time.  Instead, they like to test a lawyer’s ability to keep up to speed, by bringing certain parts into force in dribs and drabs… … Read More >>

Making a Scottish Will

June 24, 2011 | Isabel |

Scottish will

‘Where there’s a wedding there’s a Will………….or not!   The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have had you oohing and aahing at the pomp and circumstance but did it make you think carefully about the legal implications of marriage and what it means for the succession to your estate never mind the succession … Read More >>

Shared Equity vs Shared Ownership

June 21, 2011 | Alison B |

Shared Equity vs Shared Ownership

e news reports on a fairly regular basis that individuals wanting to get their foot on the property ladder are finding it more and more difficult these days to get their first home.  How can shared equity and shared ownership schemes help? Shared Equity vs Shared Ownership, what’s best? Helping First Time Buyers? Shared Ownership and … Read More >>

Welfare Reform and Registered Social Landlords

June 16, 2011 | Jim |

Welfare Reform and Registered Social Landlords

The Welfare Reform bill which is currently progressing through parliament at Westminster has created much debate amongst Registered Social Landlords. Much of the debate has involved the proposed introduction of universal credit, a single benefit payment for all claimants. This credit would: replace all existing benefits involve the eventual removal of housing benefit as an … Read More >>

Landlords: How to Evict a Tenant

June 15, 2011 | TC Young |

How to evict a tenant

As a private landlord you’ll be glad to know that when it comes to repossessing your property in Scotland, the lawmakers have made it nice and complicated for you. Even if a tenant has committed a serious breach of the tenancy agreement, there is no guarantee that you will be able to evict them. So … Read More >>

Home Repairs for the Elderly and Vulnerable

June 14, 2011 | Christine |

Home Repairs for the Elderly

Do you know Someone Whose Home is in Dire Need of Improvement? Or has the Local Council placed a Statutory Notice on it for major repairs?  Councils are currently tightening their belts and housing funding may no longer be available to assist with home improvements or repairs. Does this also affect home repairs for the … Read More >>

The Bribery Act 2010

June 8, 2011 | Mark |

The Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 will come into force on 1 July 2011.  The Act sets out a range of bribery related offences which could give rise to prosecution for both organisations and individuals. The offences include:- 1. Giving bribes 2. Receiving bribes 3. Bribery of a foreign Public Official 4. Failure of commercial organisations to prevent bribery The definition … Read More >>

Finance Bill 2011 – SDLT Relief on Property Purchases

June 7, 2011 | Christine |

Finance Bill 2011

The Finance Bill 2011 will provide a fairer system of charging SDLT for those buying property in bulk, be this blocks of flats or a number of properties off plan from a Developer. Historically, on purchases of this type, the SDLT rate would be calculated on the global price paid often resulting in a huge … Read More >>