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14th June 2018
If you are considering buying or renting a property, your legal advisor may recommend various property searches as part of a sensible information-gathering process before you commit to the deal. One search on their list is likely to be an environmental desktop search to provide details of land use in the vicinity of the property, as well as information to help establish whether those uses…
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08th June 2018
There is usually a price to pay for extending the term of a lease – so what makes a lease extension an attractive proposition for owners of leasehold residential property? Well, for starters, as the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of the lease. Furthermore, if you are planning to sell or take out a mortgage on the property, you or…
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05th April 2018
If you are thinking of buying or renting commercial property your solicitor is likely to recommend you undertake a series of searches through official records before you commit to a purchase or a tenancy. These searches are important as they will throw light on a range of matters including environmental issues and aspects of the property’s planning history that a review of legal title may…
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22nd March 2018
Many house buyers express confusion about the intricacies of UK Stamp Duty Land Tax, especially if they are considering investing in a second property – and it is true the rules can throw up some quirky stamp duty scenarios. In essence, if you buy a new home to live in as your only or main residence before selling your existing main residence you have a…
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08th January 2018
Many experts agree that if you are the owner of leasehold property it can be a good idea to extend your lease – but why? There are several reasons why looking to extend the lease on your property makes sense. For example, as the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of your lease and, by implication, your property. Furthermore, if you…
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21st December 2017
The requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when you sell or let a property is not new but on 1 April 2018 the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force. The MEES regulations stipulate that, from April onwards, landlords must not grant a new tenancy on any property with a low EPC rating (less than E), nor extend or renew an…
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27th October 2017
Since a High Court ruling in 2016 regarding the sale of a South London property by a fraudster claiming to be the registered owner, more emphasis has been placed on protecting properties from property fraud. Unfortunately it is possible for skilled impersonators to sell your property or take out a mortgage without your knowledge, leaving you with the debt or without the property. Some properties…
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04th September 2017
If you own property but have no deeds to prove your ownership, you may hold possessory title to that property – and land registered in this way is more commonplace than you might think. Although possessory title often relates to small parcels of land rather than houses or entire plots it is possible that a substantial part of a property, or in some cases the…
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03rd August 2017
As a relatively new option for property owners, commonhold tenure has not achieved the popularity it perhaps deserves. Not, that is, until now. Commonhold is a property ownership regime comparable with leasehold tenure that could be about to find deserved favour with future residential property purchasers, especially those looking to buy a new flat. In short, commonhold grants a flat or apartment owner the indefinite…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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