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Want to buy a property with a short lease? What you can do

So, you have found the property of your dreams but it has a short lease. Should you walk away or go for it? Many people think that buying a home with a short lease term is a total no no. But there... Read full article

Japanese knotweed: Court of Appeal sheds light on a growing problem

Japanese knotweed. Two words that can strike fear into the hearts of house buyers and sellers everywhere – especially with the media full of alarmist reports about the havoc this plant can wreak.... Read full article

Speeding up the conveyancing process – new central register for local land searches

A new centralised online register for Local Land Charges (LLC) – which the Government says will make the house-buying process simpler, faster and cheaper – is set to launch with the first phase... Read full article

Ruff-ruff justice…why Vinnie the terrier got evicted

‘No pets allowed’ is a familiar restriction in many leases – and the High Court recently held that a management company was perfectly entitled to categorically refuse permission for the owners... Read full article

Septic tank changes – know your obligations

The information below relates to properties in England If you own or are looking to purchase a property that is not connected to mains drainage and is instead served by a septic tank, there are... Read full article

Residential landlords – your first New Year’s resolution: do you know your EPC rating?

If you are a Landlord of privately rented property, and have never looked at the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)  for your property, then now is the time to do so. Particularly if you are one... Read full article

First steps on the journey for residential leasehold reform …

Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, has announced new measures aimed at stopping unfair practices within the residential leasehold market.... Read full article

Stamp duty news for the first time buyer

The government today announced a relief from stamp duty land transaction tax (SDLT), commonly known as stamp duty, for the benefit of first time buyers and to reduce their upfront costs. This is a... Read full article

Why a personal conveyancing service wins over ‘conveyancing factories’ every time

Buying and selling a home can often, as so many of us know, be a highly stressful experience and much of this can be down to the quality of the conveyancing service which deals with all the many... Read full article

Mind the gap – making sure your property purchase doesn’t trip you up

It’s easy to assume that on the day you ‘complete’ on the purchase of the property you’re buying, you become the legal owner. Let the champagne corks fly and the celebrations begin! But you... Read full article

Time to end unfair leases on new build homes says government

Selling new-build houses on a leasehold basis in England could soon be banned under government plans to crackdown on what is seen as a growing problem. Flats can be continued to be sold as leasehold... Read full article

Helping the HM Land Registry shape the future of conveyancing

Researchers from the HM Land Registry (HMLR) have visited Wards Solicitors’ conveyancing team to gain a valuable insight into how lawyers currently order and obtain Local Land Charges (LLC)... Read full article

Buying a property with family? Read the small print

It is now increasingly common for siblings and friends to buy a property together and a recent court case shows how important it is not only to take independent legal advice but to make sure you read... Read full article

Property in the news: Stamp duty surcharge ‘windfall’/Right to rent fines/Cornwall & compulsory purchase

Stamp duty surcharge ‘windfall’ Repeated calls have been made for the government to rethink the stamp duty regime, and the extra 3% tax which has applied now for almost a year. This... Read full article

Avoiding leasehold property pitfalls

An all-party parliamentary group of almost 60 MPs and lords is to look into growing problems associated with leasehold properties amid allegations that the system is being abused and buyers of... Read full article

Landlords: How to protect yourself from property fraud

Property fraud is on the increase but most people will still be shocked to learn that a property you own can potentially be ‘sold’ without you knowing a thing about it. In the last three years,... Read full article

Moving Home Reform

The Conveyancing Association, a leading body in the conveyancing industry, has published a White Paper calling for big changes in the house moving process, to make the experience more positive. It... Read full article

Frantic first time buyers seek help where they can get it

Forget the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad – first time buyers desperate to get on the property ladder are now seeking financial help from an increasing number of different sources. Grandparents,... Read full article

Goodbye to Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme

The Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme is to be shelved at the end of this year – despite calls by some lenders for it to be renewed. The scheme, one of two offered under the Help... Read full article

Boost for older borrowers

A growing number of high street lenders are agreeing to increase the threshold for lending into retirement to 80-years-old and beyond. Mortgage maturity The Nationwide Building Society has increased... Read full article
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