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Own a property abroad? Your will can still be affected by European law

Do you own a property abroad? If so, did you know that your will can still be affected by European law? If not, it’s worth reading on. Despite opting out […]

Property protocol forms updated to reflect building safety legislation

The Law Society protocol forms provide guidance in respect of sale and purchase transactions, designed to assist with making the conveyancing process transparent and effective. Recently, key property protocol forms […]

First-time buyer? Stamp duty tax cuts revealed

In the government’s recent growth plan, announced by the former chancellor on Friday 23 September, it was revealed that first-time buyers will only pay stamp duty land tax on homes […]

Buying on an estate? Beware of rentcharges

Recently, the government said it intends to ban the sale of houses on a leasehold basis; to put an end to the practice of developers imposing escalating ground rents and […]

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill is intended to put an end to ground rents for new qualifying long residential leasehold properties. Currently, freeholders can charge as much as the […]

Cladding latest: “Urgent assistance” required for leaseholders

Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017, leasehold property owners have been wary of buildings with cladding. Many leaseholders are faced with a large service charge bill, relating to […]

Land Registry’s proposed Safe Harbour scheme

Some aspects of the conveyancing process can seem archaic, but the Land Registry has suggested a way to revolutionise one aspect – identity checks. Prior to COVID-19, we routinely invited […]

Stamp Duty Holiday: How does it work, and what does it mean for you?

The Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday runs until 31st March 2021, and removes the standard rate of SDLT for transactions under £500,000 in England. Transactions over this amount […]

Planning use classes overhaul: COVID-19 sparks major change

From 1 September 2020, the categories under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes Order) 1987 are changing to create two new use classes. It is hoped that the overhaul […]

An e-sign of the times

Times are changing but there’s still a place for pen and ink when it comes to legal property documents. In the commercial property sector there is growing demand for transactions […]

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