Author Archives: Alison Gourley

About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm. Alison is a residential conveyancing tutor in the paralegal course offered by Central Law Training through the University of Strathclyde. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors. Email:

House prices in Scotland Continue to Rise Amidst Political Uncertainty

The Registers of Scotland recently published their report regarding house prices for the period from July to September 2019. The statistics show that the average selling price of a residential property in Scotland was £185,058, a 1.9% increase compared to … More

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Private Landlords

All the obligations with which a Landlord in the private rented sector has to comply are becoming complex and although letting a residential property can provide useful income for the owner, great care must be taken to avoid breaching these … More

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Scotland is Ready to Benefit from Build to Rent

We have all been told of the housing shortage in Scotland but Build to Rent (BtR) until recently has not been embraced. BtR refers to property built for the private rental market, normally owned by an institutional landlord and managed … More

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Technology is useful but the Human Element is Key

I don’t want to show my age but when I was trying to buy my first flat I looked every week in the Glasgow Herald where properties for sale were advertised. I think Tuesday may have been property day but … More

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Should Short Term Lets Be Regulated ?

There is a growing trend for people holidaying in the homes of others. This has provoked much debate. In response, a Short Term Lets Delivery Group was set up to look at the positive and negative impacts of short term … More

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Facing Repossession Action? Be Wary of Companies Offering a Quick Cash Sale Solution

Govan Law Centre recently appealed a decision in the case of Santander v C, emphasising how important it is that homeowners seek legal advice if their mortgage lender raises a court action for repossession. Mr C suffered from poor health … More

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Glasgow and Edinburgh House Prices Rise Faster than Other UK Cities Outside London

The two largest cities in Scotland have both seen an average price growth of at least 9% in 2018- more than double the UK average according to recent data from HouseSimple. Property prices in Glasgow have increased by 9.1% from … More

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Grounds for Eviction for Private Residential Tenancy Tenants

At the end of 2017 the Private Residential Tenancy or PTR replaced the old residential tenancy known as a short assured tenancy or SAT in Scotland. One of the defined intentions of the new PRT is to offer tenants greater … More

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Shelter Scotland Launches “Toolkit for Tenants”

An online “toolkit” for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. SafeDeposit Scotland Trust (the only not-for-profit deposit scheme in Scotland) made a grant of … More

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Scots Property Prices at All-time High Following Stock Shortage

A recent report prepared from information obtained from Aberdein Considine’s Property Monitor revealed that the average price for Scottish properties sold in the second quarter of this year (April-June 2018) was £169,450, a 4% increase from the same period last … More

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