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Law Society of Scotland responds to Queen's speech

08 May 2013 | tagged News release

Proposals for new laws requiring landlords to check tenants' immigration status could have a substantial impact on the private rented sector in Scotland, said the Law Society of Scotland, in response to the legislative programme outlined in the Queen's speech today, 8 May.

Immigration Bill

Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "The Bill envisages a number of substantial changes to immigration law. It includes proposals to require private landlords to ensure their tenants are in the UK legally. This measure is likely to have a significant impact on private sector tenancies in Scotland. As housing is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, it will be interesting to see how this measure would be implemented in Scotland."

There are also proposals on the deportation of foreign nationals who commit serious crimes.

Clancy said: "This is an issue which has attracted lots of attention recently. The proposals in the Bill will need to be scrutinised closely to ensure their compatibility with human rights law."

Draft Consumer Rights Bill

Frank Johnstone, Convener of the Consumer Law Committee at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "The consolidation of consumer law in to one Act of parliament should provide greater clarity for consumers and businesses."

The draft Bill would also increase protection for people buying digital content.

Johnstone added: "The Society welcomes the government's draft proposals to provide clearer consumer rights for the quality of digital content, such as e-books and software. Consumers should be entitled to have the same expectations, rights and remedies as would be applicable when purchasing tangible goods."

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Julia Brown on 0131 476 8204 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884. For the out of hours service please call 0131 226 7411.

Email: juliabrown@lawscot.org.ukor valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

08 May 2013

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