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Residential Property Conveyancing Category

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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11th May 2017
The history of ground rents can be traced back to Roman times when a ground rent, or solarium, was a yearly rent paid by the lessee of a parcel of land. Over the centuries, the laws regarding ground rents have been amended but the system we have today passed into common law from its Roman roots and has since been adopted by many nations whose…
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03rd March 2017
If you own a leasehold property there are several good reasons to consider extending the terms of your lease. In essence, as the length of the remaining lease term decreases so does the value of the lease itself — and this has consequences. For example, if you plan to raise a mortgage on the property or you are planning to sell, you or your potential…
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22nd December 2016
Although as a property solicitor I am not renowned for my horticultural prowess, recently I have come to know quite a lot about the East Asian garden invader that is Japanese knotweed. This innocent-looking plant is easily mistaken for bamboo but don’t be fooled, innocent it is not. In the wild, it impacts on wildlife habitats and can contribute to flooding. On occupied land, it…
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18th October 2016
The UK housing market has remained resilient and house prices continue to rise, so it is perhaps not surprising to hear so many people are struggling to step onto the first rung of the property ladder. Even the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s Brexit seems to have done little to destabilise the domestic property market. David Cameron’s government promised to help, with a pledge to ‘turn generation…
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