Category Archives: Bullet Point Update


September 2019 – Compliance Aide-Memoire – Private Residential Landlords

The Bullet Point Update for March said something specific about the changes to the “repairing standard” which private landlords have to comply with. This Update is rather more general. It is prompted by the publication this month of updated guidance … More

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August 2019 – Grim – but not a fairy tale – Wills and children from previous relationships

Stating the obvious At the risk of stating the obvious, in order to inherit from someone you need to survive them. You don’t need to survive them for long: the merest instant will be enough (unless the will makes survival … More

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July 2019 – Death tax – making it “simples”?

The Office of Tax Simplification There is (believe it or not) something called the Office of Tax Simplification (“the OTS”). It was set up as a temporary body in July 2010 and it was put it on a permanent, statutory … More

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June 2019 – Landlord Registration Expansion

Duty to register  Virtually all private landlords must first register as a landlord with each local authority in whose area they let property. That includes everyone named on the title deeds. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and … More

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May 2019 – Standard Missives or “Language is difficult to put into words”

A purchase and sale of a flat or house requires a written contract. Such contracts will usually have an extensive array of clauses but many of these are common to virtually all such sales and purchases.  So, the solicitor profession … More

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April 2019 – “Real Burdens” & “Common Schemes” to be re-vamped

Most homeowners’ titles to their property contain what are called “real burdens”. A “real burden” is an obligation affecting the property which normally requires something to be done or not to be done.  For example, affirmatively, a real burden may … More

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March 2019 – The Private Rented Sector – The “Repairing Standard” Evolves

If you rent out a property as a private landlord it’s your duty to make sure the property meets the “repairing standard”. New legislation came into force on 1st March 2019 making changes in relation to the repairing standard. (The … More

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February 2019 – The Scottish Government Ponders Cohabitant Quandaries

This month the Scottish Government issued a(nother) consultation on the law of succession. Among other things it includes a section which suggests reforms to cohabitants’ succession rights. To give some context to that particular aspect of the matter it is … More

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January 2019 – A High Hedge is a High Hedge is a High Hedge”

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 (“the Act”) came into effect in April 2014. It gave local authorities the power to act as adjudicators in disputes between neighbours about high hedges. Before the Act there was no legislative scheme to … More

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November 2018 – Chop & Change for Claim Cut-Off Dates – The Prescription (Scotland) Bill

The Prescription (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 8th November (by 111 votes with none against and no abstentions). Although the law of “prescription” has existed in Scotland for many years the Bill makes various important adjustments … More

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