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How Covid-19 could affect your property transaction

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We are aware of the media attention surrounding Covid-19 and whether it will impact on your conveyancing transaction. We are doing all that we can to ensure that we keep things moving along as smoothly as possible. The Law Society has issued a press...

Why living near to a church could cost you thousands; and why you should check for chancel repair liability

Zakeia Ali
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Chancel repair liability is the requirement for some homeowners to pay towards the cost of repairs to the chancel of a nearby church which can be expensive. If the property you are proposing to buy falls within boundaries of a parish, you can be held...

Is Brexit affecting the Property Market?

Angela Dunlop
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Our Head of Conveyancing Angela Dunlop has considered this very question. There are concerns as to whether the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit is impacting on the property market in the UK.  Simon David, Law Society of England and Wales President...

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...

Challenge to reduce leasehold extension costs unsuccessful

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A challenge led by Mr Mundy and chartered surveyor Mr Wyatt of Parthenia Valuation to reduce leasehold extension costs was unsuccessful at the Court of Appeal. The case in question Mundy v the Sloane Estate , involved a small flat in Chelsea where the...

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...