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Latest Housing articles

  • Asylum seekers' case puts recovery of possession of property in the spotlight

    Asylum seekers' case puts recovery of possession of property in the spotlight

    Housing issues are more topical than ever, featuring regularly in the media. In Scotland, private residential tenancies also created, partly to provide additional security of tenure to tenants. This includes the abolition of the no-fault procedure for seeking recovery of a property. A recent set of cases in England, relating to asylum seekers' housing rights, touches on important points regarding when landlords can gain entry to a property.

  • What happens when building projects go wrong?

    What happens when building projects go wrong?

    Building projects always start out with the parties' best of intentions to keep to budget and programme; however, as anyone who has seen an episode of Grand Designs will know, it seems almost inevitable that no matter how meticulously planned a project may be matters will arise which will impact upon the costs and time allocated for the works.

  • Commencement of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 Part 2 and the implications for social landlords

    Commencement of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 Part 2 and the implications for social landlords

    Whilst the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 August 2014, it has recently been announced that some of the key tenancy management provisions in the 2014 Act will come into force next year, in 2019. This article summarises the changes being given effect in 2019 and outlines the key issues which will be of interest to registered social landlords in Scotland.

  • 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.