Katy Dickson
  Katy Dickson



14/11/2017
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What will the new tenancy regime mean for rural communities?

Rented housing on farms and estates has been the cornerstone of rural communities for hundreds of years. Over that time legislation and policy has gradually changed, but have we ever seen so much change in such a short period of time as we have over the last few years? On this Landlord Day we consider
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04/10/2017
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Sporting Rates – Much Ado About Nothing?

Amongst the bank statements which remain unopened, the Farmfoods flyers which go straight to recycling, valuation notices will be hitting door mats across the country. As the reintroduction occurred, there was enough theatrics about ‘taxing the lairds’ to be suitable for a Shakespearian play but now that the Bill has passed and valuations are known,
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29/08/2017
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Our review of the review…..

In 2016 the Barclay Review Group was tasked to conduct a review into the non-domestic rates system in Scotland, which it published in August 2017. This may not be the most thrilling blog topic but it is likely to impact all businesses in Scotland so is worth understanding. The Review presented 30 recommendations. Below I
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11/07/2017
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The Energy Efficiency Debate is Heating Up

The Scottish Government research confirms what we have thought for a while – the least energy efficient properties are those in rural areas. They are off the gas grid, pre-1919 so are of traditional build such as stone and slate, and are detached so more exposed to the marvellous Scottish weather. So we know where
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08/11/2016
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National Landlord Day…the policy perspective

It always seems to be a national month, week or day. We are in the grizzly part of Movember, last week we had National Sandwich Day, and Sunday was apparently National Nachos Day! Many awareness days are shameless self-promotion or just for comedic purposes. Some raise huge sums of money for worthy charities, and others
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06/09/2016
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Lots to gain from game and grain…

Type into Google “Scottish food” and the top results are haggis, shortbread and deep fried Mars Bars. While we shouldn’t be ashamed of these delicacies, there is so much more Scotland has to offer.  Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make,
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23/05/2016
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Politics and policy – how the new PRS legislation was made

I began working for Scottish Land & Estates just over two years ago and have just been through my first full Bill process from beginning to end. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill has recently been given Royal Assent and is now an Act of the Scottish Parliament. At the end of 2017 it will
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21/10/2015
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Working together to achieve a strong private rental sector for all

Across the country, one of the most oft repeated phrases that is used by both politicians and media focuses on Britain’s ‘housing crisis’. It is a popular expression and one that grabs a headline, but it does not accurately explain the issues faced by policymakers trying to ensure both current and future generations have access
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