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Residential Property Conveyancing Category

27th August 2018
If I had been given a pound every time a client came to me, unaware they had breached a covenant in their legal title, I would be looking forward to an early retirement. So what are covenants and how can they affect a property owner’s enjoyment of their home? Put simply, a covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties to do, or not…
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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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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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25th July 2016
Amidst all the current uncertainty, it may be a comfort to know that despite the UK’s long-standing membership of the EU, property law in the UK has remained essentially national with, for the most part, little intervention from the EU. As a result, it looks as though Brexit will have limited impact on how UK property is owned or dealt with. In particular, leaving the…
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