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Modern Auctions

Buying a property at auction is no longer just for experienced investors looking for their next buy-to-let or renovation property . Auctions are becoming a much more common way of purchasing. In recent years the modern form of auction is getting very...

A short guide to Professional Consultant Certificates

When a new build property is constructed, lenders will require a new homes warranty, such as the National House Building Council (NHBC) to be put in place on completion of the property. If a warranty is not available then a Professional Consultant...

EWS1 forms scrapped for buildings under 18 metres

The Housing Secretary has confirmed that EWS1 forms will no longer be needed on buildings below 18 metres. This is following the review commissioned earlier this year into fire safety. The review found that there is was no systemic risk in medium and low...

What the hike is happening with probate registration fee?

The year 2018 saw the Ministry of Justice roll out the proposal to increase fees payable to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for processing probate applications. In order to obtain a ‘Grant’, an application along with the...

But what does it mean?

As part of our Jargon Free approach, here is a simple guide to all the conveyancing Jargon you may come across during your transaction. Adopted road:  A road maintained by a Local Authority. Agreement:  This is another word for Contract. ...

the new cladding bill

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to look at new measures in the Building Safety Bill . These will be based on Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The main feature will be the establishment of a Building...

Freedom-Day - Can I Order My Staff To Come Into The Office

Following yesterday's announcement from PM Boris Johnson , and with 75% of office workers still working from home, this is possibly the number one question on the lips of many businesses this morning. The short answer is 'yes' but with many...

Constructive Dismissal: Can an Employer Just Apologise and Make it All Better?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently held that it remains the case that once a fundamental breach has been committed (allowing an employee to resign in response), it cannot be cured, no matter what steps the employer takes to try and ...

What does the 30th of June end of SDLT Holiday mean for me?

You still have relief up till £250,000. Rates from 1st July 2021 to 30th September 2021. Property or lease premium or transfer value SDLT Rate Up to £250,000 0% The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001...

Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Workers

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that Covid vaccinations are to become compulsory for staff at care homes in England . Workers will be given a 16 week ‘ grace period ’ to get both jabs once the regulations are...

The Moratorium deadline- what does it mean for commercial landlords and tenants?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone worldwide. In a period filled with uncertainty and ever-present restrictions , it has been almost impossible for some to pay their basic bills and rent . Considering the threat of Covid-19 on...

First Homes Scheme- Everything You Need To Know

On the 4 th of June, the government launched its First Homes scheme for first-time buyers. It is hoped that this scheme will help turn generation rent into generation buy through putting a selection of new-build homes on the market for discounted...

Is the role of an EPC growing in Conveyancing?

What is an EPC? An Energy Performance Certificate is required whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. It is a legal requirement for the seller to provide the buyer with an EPC. A rating of "A" means that the property is classed as...

Shared ownership keeps residents from Sky Pool

On May 19th, the world’s first ‘floating pool' opened in London. Suspended between two buildings 35 storeys up, the see-through ‘Sky pool’ boasts spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye . As amazing as...

Japanese Knotweed - Why Ipswich Buyers and Sellers should beware?

Latest Suffolk figures show Ipswich has the highest number of Japanese knotweed infestations within the County. Ipswich is 70.8% higher than the second highest location (Lowestoft). What is Japanese Knotweed? Originally the plant was imported by the...

New builds: Why you should not always agree to use a developer's solicitor

These days, a new build developer’s sales team will often push homebuyers into using a preferred conveyancing solicitor. On the surface, this might seem like a tempting proposition. After all, with so much admin involved in a house purchase, it takes...

NOT AS FAR AS I AM AWARE ... AM I COMMITTING MISREPRESENTATION?

During the course of a purchase it is no doubt that the buyer and their solicitor will want to know as much as possible about the property being sold. They will raise enquiries which you, as the seller, may not necessarily know the answers to. To assist in...

Leaps and boundaries

There is anecdotal evidence that boundary disputes have been on the rise during the pandemic, as we all spend more time at home. Will Oakes looks at why these disputes are so common, and how they can be resolved without court involvement Will Oakes is...

Start-ups: Why free legal document templates could cost you more

For business owners and entrepreneurs caught up in the chaos and excitement of launching a start-up , it’s easy to neglect parts of the business that aren’t immediately linked to sales and growth. With so many free templates out there for ...

Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Worker

There has been pages and pages of speculation in recent months regarding the Government’s and indeed employer’s approach to vaccinations and whether staff will be forced to have them. Indeed, I myself have kept a close eye on the topic and have...
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