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EXTENDING YOUR LEASE

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To many this seems like something that you will never have to do. After all, the lease that you purchased was for a term of 99 years and so you would think that it is likely not going to expire in your lifetime. A lease, however, does not need to reach...

Should you gamble at Auction?

Kelly Cassidy
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We’ve all watched Homes Under the Hammer and thought how easy it looks to get a bargain … but is it really as simple as it appears to purchase a property for an absolute bargain? Perhaps – but only if you arrive at the Auction House fully...

GROUND RENT ISSUES

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Over recent months, there has been increased interest and increased press coverage in relation to ground rents. Ground rents are common and represent the annual amount payable under the term of a lease by way of rent. They can vary significantly from a...

THE CONCERN ABOUT HISTORIC RENT CHARGES

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There has, over recent months, been an increased focus on Rent Charges and Estate Rent Charges and they have fallen under particular scrutiny by mortgage companies. Rent Charges are obligations listed on the title deeds to a property relating to the payment...

New rules for septic tanks

Robert Alcock
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New rules for septic tanks New rules for small sewage discharges to surface water have been introduced and certain time limits for compliance with them are fast approaching. These are called the General Binding Rules and they apply to domestic septic...

5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Local Conveyancing Solicitor

David Stapleton
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The New Year is often the time of year when people not only make the inevitable resolutions to re-join the gym or cut back on the wine but also make more serious life-impacting decisions such as moving house. So, once you’ve made that decision your...

Thinking of a Buy to Let or are you already a Domestic Landlord? 1st April 2018 EPC changes - what you need to know

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What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ? As you will already no doubt be aware an Energy Performance Certificate is required for all properties when sold or let. The certificate will set out the energy rating for the property from A-G with A...

Equity Release - what you need to know

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What is Equity Release The equity in your property is the value of your home, minus any mortgage you may owe and any other secured borrowing. Many people leave equity tied up in their property throughout their lives. However, more and more people (over...

Residential Conveyancing - 5 Reasons why you should use your Local Law Firm.

Honor Ireland
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Whether you have just bought a brand new house or you have just sold your whole property portfolio, there is always that imminent question - ‘Who will you be instructing for your property conveyancing ?’ There is no denying that buying and...

Conveyancing Process - From the Highland to the Lowland (or Vice Versa)

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Sellers and Purchasers often find it difficult to comprehend the conveyancing process if they have a house to sell in the England or Wales and purchasing a house in Scotland, or vice versa. Similarities in Legal Systems The closest both systems got...

The Leasehold 'Property Trap'

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There have been recent reports in the media concerning the leasehold ‘property trap’ that buyers of leasehold properties may face. What is a Leasehold property?   It is a property which is owned by way of a lease and the owner of the...

House prices on the rise

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The Chattertons Construction & Property sector team reports a 10% increase on the average house price in England over the previous year. The average house price now stands at £280k, however the figures include Greater London which has seen the...