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  • The Elderly , Scamming and Loneliness

    Older people are often targeted by scammers. A report from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies warned that the over- 65s are three times more likely to lose money to fraudsters than to be burgled. Professor Mark Button, director of the fraud studies centre estimated that around 10% of the 3.2 million annual frauds are ...
  • House Prices in Glasgow – An Update

    House prices have risen steadily in Glasgow this year with the latest prices from Registers of Scotland showing that the average property price in Glasgow City was £154,806 this summer, about 3% up on 12 months earlier. Detached houses are revealing the highest growth in price, up 6.6% on 12 months earlier, with an average ...
  • What Landowners Need to Know About Section 75 Agreements

    All landowners know that planning permission is required for a new house or a development but they may not be aware that before planning permission is granted, the Local Authority may ask the applicant to enter into a Section 75 Agreement. So what is a Section 75 Agreement?  Basically it is a contract entered into by ...
  • Trainees – Who Would Have Them? We Would

    At this very moment we have two trainees at Mitchells Roberton and view the employment of trainees as part of our investment in the future of the firm. During the two year period of their traineeship, each trainee will work in four different departments spending six months in each of the Residential Conveyancing Department, Private Client ...
  • An App to Help in the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery

    “If there is one abuse that offends our conscience in every way it is the enslavement of a human being. No child should be born without hope; no person should live without freedom.” Desmond Tutu Many Scottish people would not believe that modern day slavery is an issue in their area, yet it is widespread throughout ...
  • 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 self- builders who are unable to access a standard loan. Announcing the new fund, Housing Minister, Kevin ...
  • 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 letting agents must meet, and includes specific requirements around how clients’ money should be handled. ...
  • “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. With a new house the purchaser will have a contract with the builder. This contract will, ...
  • Registration of Property by Overseas Entities – public disclosure of beneficial interest

    A draft Bill has recently been published by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and sets out provisions to establish a new beneficial ownership register of overseas entities that own UK property. This follows the commitment made at the Anti-Corruption Summit in 2016 to establish such a register in order to combat money ...
  • Glyphosate- The Debate

    In an article by Matthew Appleby  dated 13 August 2018 called “What is the future for glyphosate ?” published in Horticulture Week it is stated that “The horticulture industry has defended glyphosate after a landmark US court case saw chemical company Monsanto ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a groundskeeper who claimed herbicides containing ...

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