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  • October 2019 – Coupledom Re-Revisited – The Evolution Of The Civil Partnership

    The Bullet Point Update back in August 2016 – headed “coupledom revisited” – outlined the Scottish Government’s consultation about the fact that while same sex couples could enter into a “civil partnership” together different-sex couples could not. That consultation outlined three different options for reform. It was followed by another Government consultation in 2018 which narrowed ...
  • 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 on the “mygov.scot” website about renting your property out which can be found here: https://www.mygov.scot/renting-your-property-out/overview/ That ...
  • 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 for a longer period a condition of inheriting). This sounds obvious – and usually it is. ...
  • 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 footing by the Finance Act 2016. As its name suggests, its purpose is to provide independent ...
  • 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 can result in a fine. Current application form questions & declarations You can apply for landlord registration online ...
  • 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 has devised a set of “standard clauses” to cover these matters. Solicitors do not have ...
  • 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 require a house to be maintained to a certain standard; or, negatively, it may say ...
  • 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 trio of measures in full is: the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) ...
  • 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 worth giving an overview of cohabitants’ rights generally before touching on some of the Scottish ...
  • 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 resolve disputes between neighbours about overgrown hedges. Something was said about this in our BPU for ...

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