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Teething Troubles for New Residential Tenancy System

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force almost two years ago, with the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland  (Housing and Property Chamber) taking on the Sheriff Court’s  jurisdiction over cases relating to most types of private residential tenancies … More

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Storing Your Will Where Others Can Find It

We are always advising our clients of the necessity of making a Will and having a Power of Attorney but recent information published by the  Financial Times has highlighted that it is also very important that your family knows where … More

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Securing a Traineeship

I started my traineeship with Mitchells Roberton in September of last year and I am so pleased to be here but that doesn’t stop me from identifying with the anxiety some students, in the middle of their Diploma just now, … More

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Kicking Contractual Terms Into Touch- Force Majeure

There was a feeling of strong indignation when the scheduled game between Scotland and Japan in this year’s Rugby World Cup was threatened with cancellation due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis. Such cancellation would have meant the Scottish team … More

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“Latte Levy”

Environmental campaigners including Friends of the Earth Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society and Greenpeace are calling on ministers to ban the use of polystyrene cups as well as introducing a “latte levy”. An advisory group the Expert Panel on Environmental … More

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Scotland Becomes First UK Country to Introduce Pavement Parking Ban

At the moment pavement parking or double parking are not specific offences in Scotland but on 10th October 2019 Scottish Ministers voted in favour of section four of the Transport (Scotland) Bill which contains provisions to prohibit these actions. As … More

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Is Voluntary Registration Still a Good Idea?

I have written before about Voluntary Registration of title. The Registers of Scotland has been tasked with completing the Land Register by 2024. However, this is an unrealistic deadline, despite Keeper Induced Registration and the active encouragement of Voluntary Registration. … More

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From Walls to Wills

It is hard to see where the last eight months have gone. It has all been somewhat of a whirlwind; learning new things, adapting to working life and most importantly debating the correct amount of milk to put in a … 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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