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Stamp Duty rates changes for Welsh properties from 1 April 2018

Angela Dunlop
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From 1 April 2018, a new "Land Transaction Tax" will be payable on Welsh and transactions.  This is instead of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). There are however some exceptions: retrospective notification cases . This is where a transaction...

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into effect from 1 April 2018 - Landlords take note!

Angela Dunlop
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Photo by Zain Ali from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/2017-bulb-dslr-energy-saving-lamp-542619/From 1 April 2018, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into effect which means that Landlords will not be able to renew or begin any lease/tenancy for any residential or commercial property which has an EPC Rating below E...

What can I do to speed up the Conveyancing process?

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The most common question conveyancers are asked is "how long will the process take?"  It varies depending on which conveyancer you speak to although generally, you are looking at around 6-8 weeks if it is straightforward and 8-12 weeks if it...

Local Searches - Do you really need them?

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When purchasing your new home, the solicitor carrying out the conveyancing will carry out a number of searches on your behalf. A Local Authority search is just one of the searches which is carried out and can be very helpful. For example if you were buying...