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Latest Housing articles

  • Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016: does the Act apply to your organisation?

    Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016: does the Act apply to your organisation?

    On 12 March 2018, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force. The Act was introduced with the intention of bringing greater openness and transparency around lobbying Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Any organisations who are likely to have any face-to-face contact with MSPs, Members of the Scottish Government, junior Scottish Ministers, special advisers or the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government should register with the Lobbying Register.

  • What to do when frustrating party litigants frustrate the court process

    What to do when frustrating party litigants frustrate the court process

    It can be extremely frustrating for clients and their representatives when one side of a dispute acts in a way that deliberately makes the litigation process longer and more costly. This can be a problem in cases which involve a party litigant – someone who does not use legal representation but chooses to make their own representations to court.

  • When is a Homeowner not a Homeowner?

    When is a Homeowner not a Homeowner?

    The first decision of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, which hears appeals from the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) has provided useful guidance on the definition of a "homeowner" under the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011. The decision of Shields and Blackley -v- Housing and Property Chamber, applies a wide definition of homeowner to include those who no longer own the property in question.