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Scotland cities have UK's best and worst annual rental growth

According to buy-to-let lender Landbay, the UK’s annual rental growth is highest in Edinburgh, with the average rent at £1,073, an increase of 4.63% in 2018. Landbay’s national review confirmed that Nottingham closely followed Scotland’s capital with rent rising by 4.62% (£688) in the past year.

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1,600 Homes Approved for Development in Leith

Edinburgh City Council has approved housing development firm, Forth Ports' plans for a huge 1,600 home development at Western Harbour in Leith after revisions were made to their original design framework.

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Scottish Government publishes results from consultation on Gender Recognition Act

Between November 2017 and March 2018, the Scottish Government received views from the public on the Gender Recognition Act (2004), to which it is considering several reforms. Now, the results from this lengthy consultation process have been published online.

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Homicide cases decrease by 5%

According to Scotland’s Chief Statistician, the number of homicides committed in Scotland decreased from 5% in the year 2017-18 when compared to the same period in 2016-17. 59 murders were committed in the country in 2017-18, which is a significant decrease from 62 the previous year.

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Scottish Government promises £7bn building investment

In her 2018/19 Programme for Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised £7,000,000,000 worth of investment into new building projects throughout the country.

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Scottish Government opens Consultation on Civil Partnerships for Heterosexual Couples

In September 2018, the UK Supreme Court issued a landmark judgement in family law; that the UK government’s current restrictions on civil partnerships contravene human rights law, and that civil partnerships should be made available to heterosexual couples.

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Scottish Property Federation Report Demonstrates Big Changes in Commercial Markets

In August, the Scottish Property Federation published its second quarterly report for 2018. The report bears a mixture of good and bad news for commercial property buyers and sellers.

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Scottish Divorce Law Praised in Light of Owens v Owens

In May 2018, the case of Owens v. Owens was brought to the UK Supreme Court. Mrs Tini Owens, who filed for divorce in 2015, claimed that her marriage had broken down due to her husband’s “unreasonable behaviour”. However, the courts disagreed that Mr Hugh Owens had behaved unreasonably, and on the 25th July 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in the same way.

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New Report Proposes Solution to Scotland's Derelict Property Problem

The Scottish Land Commission published a report in August which suggested that local authorities should be given the power to issue Compulsory Sales Orders (CSOs) to the owners of empty or dilapidated properties. These CSOs could be used to force owners to sell derelict properties at open auction.

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Scotland experiences sharp rise in financial crime

According to Police Scotland’s Management Information Report, Scotland experienced an increase in financial crimes and incidents of fraud of over a third, when comparing the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 to the Q1 of last year.

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