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:

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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A Loan for Self-Build Homes is Now Available

The Scottish Government have announced a new loan available for people who want to build their own homes. After a successful pilot scheme run in the Highlands, the £4million fund is now open for applications from eligible city or rural … More

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The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

From the 31 January 2018 anyone undertaking residential letting agency work in Scotland must ensure that their service delivery is compliant with The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Code sets out the standards of practice which … More

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“Caveat Emptor” – What Does That Mean?

“Caveat emptor” is an ancient Roman law basically meaning “let the buyer be aware”. One of the areas where this rule applies is in relation to the purchase of a house. Let me differentiate between new houses and old houses. … More

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Slowest Growth in the UK Housing Market in Five Years

UK house price growth in June slowed to its lowest since August 2013. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this slowdown was mainly affected by the falling prices in London where properties dropped from 0.7% to negative 0.2%.The … More

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New Register for Community Body Applications

The Registers of Scotland (RoS) has introduced a new register, The Register of Applications by Community Bodies to buy Land, which will record all applications by community bodies to buy land or property that is abandoned, neglected or causing harm … More

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The Number of Rental Properties Available in Scotland Continues to Fall

A new survey of the residential property market has revealed that the number of rental properties in Scotland has fallen even further over the last three months. Coupled with this decrease in supply is an increase in demand which is … More

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