Shelter Scotland Launches “Toolkit for Tenants”

An online “toolkit” for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. SafeDeposit Scotland Trust (the only not-for-profit deposit scheme in Scotland) made a grant of … More

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The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

From the 31 January 2018 anyone undertaking residential letting agency work in Scotland must ensure that their service delivery is compliant with The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Code sets out the standards of practice which … More

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February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday – Part 2

This is a follow-up to last month’s BPU on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) at the end of which it was said: “As far as [many aspects] are concerned LBTT has largely followed the approach taken in the UK … More

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February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday

Birthday announcement by Revenue Scotland The Revenue Scotland website recently announced (emphases added): “The  Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 sets out the legislative requirement for a tax return to be submitted for leases in Scotland in specific … More

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December 2016 – New residential tenancy forms from 1 December 2016

(in particular: new Forms AT5 for short assured tenancies; AT6 for assured tenancies; and Tenant Information Packs)  This Note gives some background to the new forms of AT5, AT6 and Tenant Information Packs which must be used for “short assured” … More

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September 2016 – New Regulations Non-domestic Energy Performance

Introduction The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (“the Regulations”) came into force on the 1st of this month. The explanatory note published as part and parcel of the Regulations gives a flavour of their scope: … More

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Conversion of Long Leases to Outright Ownership in Scotland

Tenants under certain long leases in Scotland as from 28th November 2015 automatically became the outright owners of the property as a result of key provisions of the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012. In contrast to England and Wales, long … More

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October 2013 – Landlords – take care! Tenancy Deposit Scheme Regulations have teeth

Landlords – take care! & Tenants – know your rights! Tenancy Deposit Scheme Regulations have teeth The Court Department here has recently acted on behalf of a tenant in a case where the landlord had not complied with their duties … More

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