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Outline of Recovery of Possession of Private Sector Residential Tenancies

Tenancies (like people) come in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to private sector residential tenancies they are usually either ‘assured’ tenancies or ‘short assured’ tenancies (both) under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 (‘the 1988 Act’). Introduction  There’s … More

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Living Together & Property Rights

The aim of this Note is to outline what the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (“the Act”) does about property rights for couples who are living together (“cohabiting”). For people who are married, or for same-sex couples in civil partnerships, … More

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Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) on Death

Broadly speaking, on death, the market value of everything you own at death is added up. If you made any lifetime gifts within seven years of your death then, in principle, they too are added onto the value of what … More

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Debt Recovery: Some Practical Pointers

Is it Really Worth it? Court action to recover a debt may result in a court “decree” saying the debtor must pay – but if he or she has no money the decree may not be worth much in practice: … More

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Buying a Home – First Time Buyers

In Scotland – things are not done in quite the same way in England – the buyer’s solicitor makes a written offer to buy and the seller accepts in writing. The solicitors then exchange letters – known as “the missives” … More

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