Blog

  • Beware of online Home Report Scams

    Beware of online Home Report Scams DM Hall one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors has issued a warning to people selling their houses in Scotland to be guarded and cautious of internet based offers of cut price Home Reports. A number of recent instances in Scotland have come to light where scammers impersonating reputable ...
  • Inheritance Tax exceeds £5 Billion for the First Time

    HM Revenue & Customs recently released data which showed Inheritance Tax (IHT) raised a record £5.2 billion in the financial year 2017-18, up 8% from the previous tax year. It is thought that the increase is due to the fact that property prices have continued to rise despite the fact the nil-rate band (NRB)- the value ...
  • Huge drop in Scottish Cases for Debt and Eviction since 2008

    David Leask Chief Reporter for The Herald stated in a recent article that “The number of cases for debt recovery, eviction and repossession have plummeted in Scotland’s courts since the financial crash” The Scottish Government’s chief statistician advised that there were 30,000 cases of debt recovery through Scottish courts in 2016-17 down 54% from 2007-2008 and ...
  • 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 report shows an average house price growth of 3% down from 3.5% in May- the ...
  • Scottish Law Could Lead the Way by Treating Elder Abuse as a Hate Crime

    Scotland could be one of the first countries in the world to treat abuse of the elderly as a hate crime. The Justice Minister, Humza Yousaf, advised that he was considering whether targeting victims because of their age should be treated as an aggravating factor by the courts. He was speaking in light of the ...
  • Legislation to Ban Smacking of Children is published at Holyrood

    A bill put forward by Green MSP, John Finnie, was published at Holyrood on the 7 September 2018 to ban the smacking of children in Scotland. The legislation looks likely to be passed and would make Scotland the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children. In other jurisdictions in the ...
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    The recent media revelation of sexual harassment among Hollywood stars has shined a spotlight on sexual harassment at work. Indeed a report by the Women and Equalities Committee published on the 25th July 2018 showed that sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread and commonplace, with a BBC survey carried out in November 2017 reporting ...
  • 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 to the community, where the owner is not willing to sell that land. The register is ...
  • Bar Workers Win Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal Case

    In September 2017 five workers were dismissed from the Grosvenor Cafe in Glasgow’s Ashton Lane. It was alleged that the staff members were misusing the staff discount scheme by using this to buy food. The amount of money saved by staff through using discounts ranged from £1.89 to £30. The sackings were made by the ...
  • 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 expected to lead to a sharp rise in costs for tenants. The survey was carried out ...

Comments are closed.