On 29th July 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment in response to a referral from the German national courts on the sampling of part of a 1977 Kraftwerk song, “Metall auf Metall”.
As you may be aware certain provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 have been brought into effect bringing with it a number of changes to Registered Social Landlords’ (RSLs) tenancies. Changes which took effect on 1 May 2019 include new Guidance Notes for NOPs issued in relation to Scottish Secured Tenancies (SSTs) plus significant updates to Short Scottish Secured Tenancies (Short SSTs).
From 11th November 2019, RSLs will be subject to requests for information under Freedom of Information legislation and will need to ensure that requests for information are dealt with under the correct data protection regime.
Unlike the short assured tenancy regime, which allowed landlords to seek an order of eviction where the contractually agreed period had ended, the PRT requires landlords to rely on one or more of 18 specified grounds under the Act.
Yet another tier of administration recently hove into view on the social housing horizon. On 6 December 2017 the Scottish Government opened its consultation on a draft order that from April 2019 will designate Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and RSL subsidiaries as “public authorities” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.