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Sleep-in Guidance Update...Please Sir Can I Have Some More?

Last week, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published further guidance on the issue of sleep-ins, in their latest edition of 'National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, Calculating the Minimum Wage'. This...

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

Government publishes response on The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, expected to become law in 2020, which creates a statutory right to time off work for employed parents, with pay where certain eligibility requirements are met, following...

Hammond announces IR35 public sector changes will be extended to the private sector...

What will this mean and what can contractors do to survive? The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced in the autumn budget that off-payroll working rules (commonly referred to as ‘IR35’) will now also be applied to the private sector, with...

Reforms to the Residential Leasehold System

The Government is currently seeking views and consulting on the following proposals to the residential leasehold system: A ban on new leasehold houses excluding shared ownership A restriction on ground rents.   The proposed cap is £10 ...

Taylor Wimpey's Doubling Ground Rent Fund

Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest housing developers have set aside £130m for their Ground Rent Review Assistance Scheme to help qualifying leaseholders amend their leases from doubling  ground rent to an inflation linked increase....

Taylor Wimpey doubling ground rent fund

Attwells have the expertise needed to act on your behalf to deal with the doubling ground rent issue within Taylor Wimpey leases. Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest housing developers have set aside £130m for their Ground Rent Review...

Attwells Solicitors voted best conveyancers in Suffolk by clients in recent property awards

Attwells Solicitors were voted the best in county for conveyancing in last week’s annual ESTAS Conveyancer Awards ceremony, hosted by Channel 4 Presenter Phil Spencer. The ESTAS Customer Service Awards for 2018 is the leading awards in the UK...

Property Agent Regulations for Client Money

Recently the Client Money Protection Schemes for Property Agents Regulations came into force.  The purpose of the Regulations is to give landlords and tenants confidence that their money is safe when being held by an agent and to make client money...

Non Reliance Clauses still subject to Misrepresentation

A recent Court of Appeal decision identified that although a non-reliance statement making it clear that a party is not liable for misrepresentation may prevent a contractual claim this does not prevent a misrepresentation claim.  To do otherwise would...

Overseas Company Ownership

If you own UK property through a company registered overseas then the Government is proposing that a new Bill is brought into law from 2021 which is expected to include the following:- All overseas legal entities that can hold UK property will be required...

Letting Agent Compliance Reminder

A ‘How to Rent Guide’ must be given to the tenant when they take up a tenancy.  However, this Guide has been updated many times and the most recent version must be given to a tenant.  The latest edition is dated 9 July 2018. Section...

The importance of clear, unambiguous drafting of overage payments

The term ‘overage’ refers to an increase in value of a property either during or after the sale subject to certain ‘trigger events’. The classic example is for a developer to buy a plot of land, following which, the developer will...

England House Price Index for July 2018 (published 19 September 2018) - Full Report

The Government has today published the latest HPI, with mixed news for owner occupiers and some disappointing headlines for estate agents. The latest HPI reveals that the average price of a property in England was £248,611, with an annual change of...

HMRC's Social Care Compliance Scheme Employer Guide September 2018...A Little Clarity...Finally!!

HMRC this week published their much anticipated Social Care Compliance Scheme Employer Guide. This guide builds upon the previous update from HMRC in August 2018 which was released subsequent to the Court of Appeal’s (‘ CA ’) judgment on...

Ubbi V Ubbi - The importance of keeping your will up to date

In August 2018 an inheritance case made the headlines when a man’s £3.5m estate was brought into question after his death. The case highlighted the importance of updating your will after important life events. Life is full of twists and turns...

What happens when the romance fades?

Practical advice for couples thinking of living together. Serena, Private Client legal advisor explains why it’s important to think about the ‘what ifs’ before you move in. An estimated 4 million couples co-habit, many couples live happily...

Business rates and liability

The basic position on business rates is that the person liable to pay business rates on an unoccupied property is the person entitled to possession of that property. Empty shops and offices receive 100% exemption from rates for three months. If the...

Overage agreements: take care

A recent Court of Appeal decision considered whether or not an overage payment is triggered and is a good reminder of the importance of getting your drafting right. In this case an overage payment was due on prior approval being obtained under the permitted...

Land Registry Changes to combat fraud

Recently the Law Commission has published a draft Bill to update the Land Registration Act 2002 to help combat fraud. The Law Commission is setting out steps that conveyancers must take in order to verify the identity of their clients.  Failure to do...

Overseas ownership of UK land ownership

The Government has recently published a draft Bill which will require overseas entities wishing to own UK land to take steps to register the underlying beneficial ownership with Companies House. This step is aimed at combating money laundering. Sanctions...
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