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Selling property – what if your buyer dies between exchange and completion?

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s important to know what to do and where you stand legally. Here at Wards Solicitors, it’s an issue our conveyancing team has seen more of recently... Read full article

Buying a home in a conservation area – what do I need to know?

Fancy a home full of age and character? Chances are you could be buying in a conservation area. A study by the London School of Economics found that while houses in conservation areas often sell for... Read full article

Wards Solicitors welcomes reopening of the property market

The property market in England is set to reopen following the Government’s announcement that lockdown rules for estate agents, home buyers and sellers are being lifted. From today (Wednesday 13... Read full article

Landlords: Key dates in 2020

Keeping on top of the latest legal changes when it comes to landlord and tenant law is crucial – so here’s our guide to some important dates for your diary. 20 March 2020 – human habitation... Read full article

Buying a property with an agricultural tie

An attractive rural property for sale at less than the usual market price can seem like an unexpected bargain – until you find out it comes with an agricultural occupancy condition, more commonly... Read full article

Need a private water supply from a borehole?

If you are purchasing a property in a rural area, there may not be a public water supply available and you may need to access a private water supply, usually from a borehole. A borehole is a narrow,... Read full article

Exchanged contracts but the seller has died – what happens now?

Thankfully, this situation does not occur very often. However, it can lead to confusion for buyers when it does. Once contracts have been exchanged, there is a binding contract between the buyer and... Read full article

Is it a gift or a loan? When the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ helps out

According to recent reports, not all cases where parents lend their children money to buy homes are ending well with an increasing number ending up in court. The so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’... Read full article

Home owners’ consumer group calls for regulation of ‘murky’ online property auction sector

Consumer group HomeOwners Alliance (HOA) says agents are securing increasing income from the use of online auctions – termed ‘the modern auction’ by online operators – but warns there... Read full article

Do you think you are too old to buy property or get a mortgage?

Older Peoples Shared Ownership scheme – Help to buy – Mortgages and Equity Release If you think you are too old to buy a new home or get a mortgage then you may well be wrong as the... Read full article

‘Right to Manage’ – the story so far and proposals for reform

Almost a year ago, the Law Commission published its terms of reference and pledged that the Law Commission’s leasehold reform recommendations to government will provide a “better deal for... Read full article

So let’s talk Commonhold

Scandals and issues and problems surrounding leaseholds have recently been very newsworthy. In the background however the Law Commission last year published terms of reference for leasehold reform.... Read full article

Protecting your property from fraud

Fraud and scams are now a fact of daily life, and no environment is safe. Not our doorsteps, telephones or Inboxes. Emails bring malware, and cybercriminals lurk whilst we are online to trick us into... Read full article

Stamp Duty and the first time buyer (England only)

From 22 November 2017 ‘First Time Buyers’  have benefited from a  concession in respect of stamp duty land transaction tax (SDLT), commonly known as stamp duty, to reduce their upfront costs... Read full article

Home buying reservation agreements to be tested

In a recent speech by Housing & Homeless Minister Heather Wheeler MP at the Council for Licenced Conveyancers conference the MP outlined challenges in the government’s commitment to reforming... Read full article

The Help to Buy: ISA Scheme

If you are saving to buy your first home, save money into a Help to Buy: ISA and the Government will boost your savings by 25%. So, for every £200 you save, receive a government bonus of £50 up to... Read full article

Wards Solicitors welcomes new guidelines on the payment of referral fees to estate agents

New proposals on the payment of referral fees to estate agents are expected to be announced next month, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Matt Prior, head of the... Read full article

Selling your flat – our top ten tips

Although the end result makes it all worthwhile, buying or selling a home can be pretty stressful, and a flat or leasehold sale can have its own challenges. The most commonly sold/purchased leasehold... Read full article

Buying off-plan? How to make sure your deposit is as safe as houses

Purchasing a house or flat before it’s been built, known as off-plan, can be a great way of potentially grabbing a property in an up-and-coming area at a bargain price. With schemes such as Help to... Read full article

Selling your home with a solar panel lease – not always sunshine and roses

Solar panels may be good for both the environment and your energy bills but for some homeowners they can prove to be an issue when it comes to selling up. Sometimes, problems can arise for those who... Read full article
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