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Conveyancing Update for June 2018

The average asking house price for properties that have recently come onto the market in London is £631,737.  The average price is 0.9% lower than the properties that came onto the market last month. In monetary terms, the figure is £6009...

Property is expensive, as such the way that people are buying houses is changing.

In order to get on the property ladder friends, relatives and business partners, as well as couples in a relationship are now purchasing property together.  One of the most significant problems that we see with this is that not all of the parties will,...

Leases with high ground rent - The unforeseen AST

It is becoming increasingly common to see leasehold properties with high annual ground rent or escalating ground rent. However an unintended consequence of this is that if the ground rent is over £250 (or £1,000 for London), then the lease will...

Industry weighs in on Letting Fee ban

At the second debate of the Tenants’ Fees Bill, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee heard from experts on the impact the letting fee ban will have. David Smith, Policy Director of the National Landlords...

Regeneration of Brownfield Sites

Attwells Solicitors supports the Government’s policy to make local authorities in England publish a list of “brownfield sites”. This step will make it far easier for developers to identify land that is ripe for investment and take steps to...

Holding less data could be a good start on GDPR for Agents

The fines for breach of GDPR are astronomical 20 million euros or 4% of global turnover. A data breach can be damaging in terms of reputation too. A shredding policy is a good start. Royal and Sun Alliance were fined £150,000 when a hard-drive was...

GDPR Needs to be a Priority for Agents

The new GDPR Regulations come into force on 25 May and yet many Agents have not come to terms with the changes.  The area of the highest risk is marketing and therefore start here and work out the legal basis on which you are marketing.  Next...

House Prices are a Problem

Research conducted by the Homeowners Survey found that 83% of those surveyed considered house prices to be a “serious problem”.  This percentage continues to increase. Those in London are feeling the problem more than most with 90% seeing...

AML Non Compliance remains a big risk for Agents

Credas an identification verification company found that 19% of agents surveyed have been fined for non-compliance with AML with 47% being fined between £5000-£15,000. A third were fined between £15,000 and £25,000. Attwells provides...

First Electronic Signature on a Mortgage Deed

As part of the Land Registry’s process to simplify the home buying process this month Coventry Building Society and Enact have lodged the first electronically signed mortgage in connection with a  property in London. The security for the system...

Are children under the age of 18 classified as "residents" for the purposes of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?

In April 2010 a new use class, Class C4, was created to differentiate properties used as small HMOs from those properties used as large HMOs.  Class C4 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 covers small HMOs exclusively and to be...

A new "Lease Code" on the horizon?

In March 2018, the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) published a consultation on a professional statement currently designated as the "Code for leasing business premises", which incorporated a new Lease Code. The intention of this newly...

Attwells Solicitors Going Green

Attwells Solicitors, property law experts, have removed single-use plastics from their offices in a bid to help the environment. This follows the recent Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, which highlighted how single-use plastic products are damaging our...

Tenant Fees Bill published by Government

The Tenant Fees Bill has now received its first reading in the House of Commons. Overall the Bill intends to reduce or remove the charges made to tenants by landlords and agents. The Bill also prevents landlords and agents from requiring tenants to use the...

EPC and Lettings 2018 update

2018 brings new changes and minimum standards for both residential and commercial lettings. From 1st April 2018, all privately rented properties, whether commercial or residential, will require an EPC rating of at least grade E. Initially, the new rules...

Registering my document at the Land Registry, why should I bother?

In the UK, the Land Registry is the central database for all registered property documents. Technology now allows both solicitors and the public access to these documents at the click of the mouse (most of the time).  But other than convenience, why...

Good News for The Construction Industry and Property Buyers

The latest pipeline report released by the Home Builder federation (HBF) and Glenigan, the construction lead website, has revealed the highest levels of housing planning permission since the housing pipeline annual reports began, in 2006. Planning permission...

A new "Lease Code" on the horizon?

In March 2018, the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) published a consultation on a professional statement currently designated as the "Code for leasing business premises", which incorporated a new Lease Code. The intention of this newly...

More Employment Tribunal Success For Attwells' Health & Social Care Team

Attwells' Health and Social Care Team have this week enjoyed further success in the Employment Tribunal, having successfully challenged the Claimant's application for reconsideration of the Tribunal's previous judgment against him. Our client,...

Government Announces Mandatory Code of Practice for Lettings and Management Agents

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that it will be introducing a mandatory code of practice for managing and lettings agents, in what could be the biggest shake up to the sector in years. Letting, management and...
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