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Construction Site at Your House: What’s Your Liability if a Worker is Injured?

August 15, 2013

(US Law) When starting a new construction project, most homeowners consider the direct costs of the project and little else. Relatively few homeowners consider the potential liability in the event that a worker is injured on their property. Homeowners should consider such issues before hiring workers for their latest projects as a bit of preparation […]

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A Look at Armory v. Delamirie (1722)

July 18, 2013

In the year 1722 a young chimney sweep found a ring containing several jewels while on a job at a private residence. He immediately took the ring to the most well regarded gold smith in London and requested an appraisal of its monetary value. The apprentice agreed and took the ring in the back of […]

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Energy ratings put property owners in hot water!

July 10, 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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Government to remove restrictions on converting commercial buildings into much needed housing.

March 1, 2013

The government announced that they may lift some restrictions on converting commercial properties into residential housing to help boost residential construction. The plans for new permitted development rights will allow commercial properties to be converted into homes without needing planning permission. The main aim of these new plans is to expand permitted development rights for […]

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Tax Advantage to Higher Loan to Value Buy to Let Mortgages

February 14, 2013

The rental industry has grown from strength to strength in the last few years are more and more people resort to long term renting. The private residential lettings market in the UK is big business – and its look set to continue well in to 2013/2014. Record low mortgage interest rates and high rental yields […]

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