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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Private Residential Tenancies - Major Changes for Residential Tenancies

The Private Housing (Tenancies) Scotland Act 2016 came into force on 1st December 2017. From that date, no new assured or short assured tenancies can be entered into. Any new letting will become a Private Residential Tenancy ("PRT") governed by the new legislation. Existing assured and short assured tenancies will continue until their term has expired, or if it is continuing on a rolling basis, it will continue under the old legislation.

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The New Private Residential Tenancies in Scotland - All Change for Landlords and Tenants

Major changes are shortly due to impact the tenancy laws of Scotland. At present, most private tenancies in Scotland are let under the assured tenancy regime. The majority of these lets are short assured tenancies and are governed by the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. However, the Private Housing (Tenancies) Scotland Act 2016, due to come into force in December 2017,will do away with the current private tenancy regime and replace it with a new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) for future lets in the private sector.

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Shedding Light on Solar Panels and House Purchases

It is becoming a fairly common sight in Scotland (and indeed the UK as a whole) to see solar panels on private houses — most commonly attached to the roof. These panels will usually have been installed at a relatively low cost under one of a variety of Government-backed schemes. One such scheme is the "Feed-in Tarriff" scheme ("FiT")

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Buying a house in 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 we have seen as continuation of the general trends of last year where a shortage of properties available for sale has created a sellers market. As a result of this, across Scotland as a whole the average selling price of a property is £138,821, representing a 3.1% year-on-year increase. Property prices in affluent areas in Glasgow’s outskirts, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire, are set to rise by almost a quarter (23% and 22% respectively) over the next five years and across east central Scotland and Edinburgh the average property price is now £217,455, an increase of 5.7% from last year. Not only are house prices continuing to rise, selling times are continuing to decrease meaning that properties are remaining on the market for increasingly shorter windows of time.

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Buying a House in 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 we have seen as continuation of the general trends of last year where a shortage of properties available for sale has created a sellers market. As a result of this, across Scotland as a whole the average selling price of a property is £138,821, representing a 3.1% year-on-year increase. Property prices in affluent areas in Glasgow’s outskirts, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire, are set to rise by almost a quarter (23% and 22% respectively) over the next five years and across east central Scotland and Edinburgh the average property price is now £217,455, an increase of 5.7% from last year. Not only are house prices continuing to rise, selling times are continuing to decrease meaning that properties are remaining on the market for increasingly shorter windows of time.

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