Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides for regulations to be made for (1) the assessment of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and (2) building owners to take steps to improve the energy performance of affected buildings.
The Scottish Government has published their Consultation on proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”). The Act is set to replace the current regime of assured and short assured tenancies with a New Private Residential Tenancy from 1 December 2017. Any tenancies created prior to that date will remain unchanged.
New rules on public procurement in Scotland will take effect in April 2016. Public bodies (“contracting authorities”) and those who tender for public contracts should be getting up to speed with the changes now.
The new Land Registration Act came into force on 8 December 2014 and is the first significant overhaul of the registration process since the creation of the Land Register in 1979. Much of the 2012 Act is directed at reinforcing the land registration system, as only 26% of Scotland’s land mass is currently on the Land Register.