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The latest news and legal updates from Freelands Solicitors.

21% rise in affordable homes in Scotland

The latest quarterly housing statistics reported that 8,767 affordable homes were delivered throughout Scotland for the year up to September 2018; a 21% increase on the 7,271 completions during 2017.

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New Consultation on Civil Partnerships in Scotland

A consultation is being held in Scotland, seeking a response from the public on the future of civil partnerships within the country. This follows on from the UK Supreme Court’s recent decision that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) is not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); it does not permit opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership like same-sex couples.

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Couples Urged to be More Open about Financial Matters

Many couples find it difficult to talk about their financial affairs, including debt levels with each other, new research has revealed. 

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New Tax Relief for First-Time Buyers

A new tax relief came into force in Scotland on 30th June that will help first-time buyers purchase their first home. 

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First-Time Buyers Consider Joint Mortgages

New research from M&S Bank has found that buying with multiple friends or siblings is becoming an increasingly popular option for young, aspiring homeowners. Around 60% of those aged 18-35 said they would consider taking out a mortgage as a group to make home ownership a reality, compared to 26% of people aged over 36. 

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