Energy ratings put property owners in hot water!

August 14, 2013

Legislation in 2007/2008 saw the introduction of energy performance certificates (EPCs) which show the energy efficiency of a property and contain recommendations as to how that efficiency can be improved. An energy performance certificate is now required whenever a residential or commercial property is let or sold in England or Wales (subject to certain minimal […]

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Relaxation of Planning Permission for Extensions

August 13, 2013

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) Amendment 2013 came into effect on 30th May 2013.  For a period of three years, between 30th May 2013 and 30th May 2016, homeowners may be able to build bigger single storey rear extensions onto their properties under the permitted development rules i.e. they would not […]

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Insurance company sentenced to return the contributions of a housing cooperative

July 29, 2013

The Supreme Court  in Spain sentenced an insurance company to return the contributions of a housing cooperative that will not be built The Plenary session of the First Chamber of the Supreme Court resolved an appeal to the return to the Cooperative of amounts given for housing development. The First Chamber of the Supreme Court, meeting […]

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Help to Buy Schemes 2013: A Conveyancer’s Guide (+Special Webinar Offer!)

June 27, 2013

The New Help to Buy Scheme Earlier this year, the Government-backed ‘Help to Buy’ initiative was implemented amidst much commentary and some concern – but whilst it has its critics, the scheme has already had an average of about 500 people per week reserving homes. First-time buyers are having more difficulty than ever getting onto […]

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A Guide to Conveyancing

May 28, 2013

Guest post outlining some of the considerations when hiring an experienced conveyancer in the UK. Do you know what conveyancing is? If you’ve ever bought or sold a property or piece of land, then you should do. Conveyancing refers to the process by which documents pertaining to the sale of property are exchanged. It covers […]

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Government Revise Home Extensions

April 17, 2013

The government are changing the bill for extending permitted development rights as many Tories voted against the plans. The bill to make it easier for people to add extensions to their home has caused controversy so is being revised. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles is looking to extend permitted […]

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Why you need a lawyer to move home

February 13, 2013

Guest post explaining why you need a lawyer to move home. Buying and selling property is one of the most common transactions that in the UK, but it is also one of the biggest financial deals most of us will ever be involved in. As with any transaction that includes large amounts of money there […]

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Ways To Check Your Conveyancer Is Legitimate

November 22, 2012

Buying and selling a property is a stressful process, therefore trusting a conveyancer may be difficult, however there are a few useful ways to check if your conveyancer is safe to use which will hopefully give you peace of mind. What is a conveyancer? First of all, it is worth understanding what a conveyancer does […]

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Conveyancing firms were concerned about being removed from a lenders panel according to a study

November 10, 2012

According to a research conducted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) the biggest risk faced by conveyancing solicitors and firms was being removed from a lender panel. The findings have emerged after the regulator had visited to 100 firms over the summer most of who were members of at least one lender panel, said SRA […]

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Unilateral notice in property law – what is it and when does it apply ?

July 19, 2012

A unilateral notice can be most commonly found in the charges register of the property if it is registered. This notice is a charge used to register any interest which a third party may have in a particular property or estate, and notify the other party of its existence. A third party to a property […]

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