Barrett & Co welcome the SDLT cut announced by the Chancellor which, it is hoped, will help stimulate the housing market. On Wednesday 8 July 2020 the Government announced reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on residential properties.  If the purchase of a residential property completes on or after 8 July 2020…

An estate rent charge is a mechanism by which a third party, (often a Management Company), is able to require the performance of covenants (as specified in the title deeds)  by property owners; and also to establish the ability to collect charges known as “estate rent charges” which would normally apply to the maintenance and…

Many of us watched the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday (10th May 2020), which indicated a relaxation to the lockdown provisions, for some employers in certain areas in the country. One of the boosts that we are now likely to see is in the housing market as, from Wednesday 13th May, anyone in England can…

With more and more of us now practising self-isolation and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect opportunity for you to use your time wisely at home and do things which you never had time for before.   One suggestion is that you can review your property title deeds. You may find yourself…

Barrett & Co are pleased to confirm that we have put structures in place to minimise any potential disruption to the provision of legal services to our clients during the Coronavirus outbreak. Our solicitors are able to work remotely from home via our secure network as and when necessary.  We can also conduct meetings by…

On 1 February 2020 the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS – the organisation which governs the conduct of surveyors) produced the first edition of the Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales (‘the Code’).  The Code, which will come into effect on 1 September 2020, provides mandatory requirements which must be complied…

The coronavirus outbreak has brought with it an unprecedented number of temporary changes to the way in which we live and work. The impact of these changes has extended into every aspect of people’s lives. There was much publicity when the Government announced it was proposing a total ban on evictions for three months. The…

As a nation we are facing a new challenge, one that is invisible to the naked eye. However, the housing market over the last 15 or so years has had to deal with different types of turmoil and uncertainty, including the 2008/2009 Financial Crash and Brexit. The market always survived and there is no reason…

A recent Act of Parliament has brought changes to the way in which Landlords and Agents can charge tenants for the services provided before and after tenancy. The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which came into effect in June 2019, brings England into line with the rules in Scotland, where letting fees had already been outlawed….

Anybody who is currently in the process of selling or buying a property might recall on the Property Information Form that is provided at the outset of the process the following question: “Is the property affected by Japanese Knotweed?” When compared to some of the other questions presented on the Property Information Form, it might…

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