November 2020 – Re-vamping of Business Rates

This month owners and tenants of non-domestic properties should have received a letter from the Scottish Government about changes to the system for non-domestic rates – otherwise known as business rates. This follows on from the passing of the Non-Domestic … More

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Facing Repossession Action? Be Wary of Companies Offering a Quick Cash Sale Solution

Govan Law Centre recently appealed a decision in the case of Santander v C, emphasising how important it is that homeowners seek legal advice if their mortgage lender raises a court action for repossession. Mr C suffered from poor health … 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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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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Registration of Property by Overseas Entities – public disclosure of beneficial interest

A draft Bill has recently been published by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and sets out provisions to establish a new beneficial ownership register of overseas entities that own UK property. This follows the commitment made at … More

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New Register for Community Body Applications

The Registers of Scotland (RoS) has introduced a new register, The Register of Applications by Community Bodies to buy Land, which will record all applications by community bodies to buy land or property that is abandoned, neglected or causing harm … More

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