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 |

dangerous dogs act

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. How can the Dangerous Dogs Act help? The problems caused by dangerous dogs remains a … Read More >>

Gift Aid Declarations for Charities

March 23, 2011 | Mark |

Gift Aid Declarations for Charities

Charities will no longer have to obtain signed gift aid declarations on the first £5,000 of small donations per year in order for those donations to qualify for the tax relief, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Budget speech. Gift aid will be automatically applied to the donations. Osborne said 100,000 charities would benefit from … Read More >>