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Scottish Housing Day

Carolyn Richards

Today sees the launch of Scottish Housing Day, the aim of which is to raise public awareness of the different housing options that are available to  members of the public who will be able to access information and advice on the dedicated website.

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Looking On The Bright Side...

Neil Bruce

The concept of solar power in Scotland is often met with a raised eyebrow and quips about our beautiful country’s weather.  But, looking beyond the cynicism, the reality is this – it does work, and there are opportunities (as highlighted to me as I attended Scottish Renewables’ inaugural solar conference and exhibition on Tuesday this week).

So where is the industry at the moment?  Deployment of solar PV in Scotland is currently around 200MW (leaving aside the position of solar thermal, the market for which has struggled and which could be the subject of a separate blog it

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Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal – Unlocking Potential

Stephen Phillips

It was no surprise to note the reference by CBI’s Carolyn Fairburn to the opportunities opened up by City Deals in her address to the CBI Scotland annual dinner last week. Among the uncertainties and investment caution created by Brexit, the prospect of major investment through the emerging City Deals (or, as they are now more commonly labelled, City Region Deals) across Scotland represents a bright beacon of hope.

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Scotland's Housing Market Well-Placed To Weather Tough Times

The announcement (10 August) by the Scottish Government of a new economic stimulus package which will accelerate spending on infrastructure projects in Scotland post-Brexit is very welcome news.

Homes for Scotland Chief Executive, Nicola Barclay, reacted quickly to the announcement: encouraging the Government to focus on prioritising the delivery of more new homes, given the significant social and economic benefits that such investment delivers (on the basis that every new home built in Scotland supports four jobs and helps boost economic growth through the supply chain).

Few

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Brexit: Vote To Leave

Brexit

While there will be both market and political turbulence which will follow on from the EU Referendum result being to leave the EU, in our view it is important to bear the following points in mind:

  • A ‘Leave’ vote does not tell us anything about the arrangements with the EU that we will end up with. It doesn’t even tell us what the UK would seek in that respect. 
    • While examples of what others have achieved (in Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Canada) have been much quoted in the arguments made in the run up to the Referendum, they are no more than that.

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Major Changes To The Private Rented Sector

James Jack

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament.  The Act will impose a new private residential tenancy in Scotland.  It will replace existing tenancy agreements in Scotland (the vast majority of which are currently short assured tenancies).  The Act takes effect in stages.  The date for the new tenancy to take effect has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be late 2017 or even 2018. 

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Lease Interpretation: Tenant's Consent Required For Landlord's Works

Laura Hay, Associate

The Court of Session issued an interesting decision earlier this spring regarding the interpretation of a lease of a unit at Gyle Shopping Centre.

Marks & Spencer Plc’s lease included a right to a one third share in the car park and other common areas at the Centre. Their landlord, Gyle Shopping Centre General Partners Limited, entered into a contract to build a new store at the Centre for Primark, on land that included part of the car park.

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Homes For Scotland Annual Lunch & Awards

John Strachan

The Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch & Awards, an event we proudly sponsored for the third consecutive year, took place last Friday 20 May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

It is an event which grows both in size and stature year on year and Friday’s event was no exception.  Over 1,000 delegates from across the industry came together to take stock of the current climate within the industry, recognise achievements over the last year, look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead, and most importantly of all spend time in the company of existing collea

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Homes For Scotland

Scott Peterkin
The Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch takes place this Friday at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

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Employment Law & Brexit: Assessing the Lay of the Land

Kerry Norval

Top of the agenda at the moment, is the possibility that the UK public may vote in favour of the UK’s exit from the EU. What has been a distant spot on the political horizon for years is now sharply coming into focus with the announcement that the EU Referendum will take place on 23 June 2016 – just over three months away. 

Much of the commentary surrounding the issue concerns the uncertainty as to exactly what a withdrawal from Europe would mean.

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