Most unmarried couples considering stepping onto the property ladder for the first time will be, quite rightly, extremely excited and will not be focusing on the finer details and consequences of this big adventure. We have therefore created a short list of considerations that you and your other half should discuss before you go down…

The process of acquiring land through adverse possession is where a person who is not the legal owner of land can become the legal owner by having possession of it for a specified period of time. There are two procedures by which adverse possession may be claimed. Under the ‘old rules’ which apply to both…

Barrett and Co has an experienced Conveyancing team…here’s the latest article on Searches…. When purchasing a property, searches are an important part of the transaction. Searches give the purchaser and lender, if appropriate, further information about that property and the surrounding area.  There are three main searches that conveyancers tend to obtain on a purchase,…

Historically, buyers involved in purchasing a property would finance the same with a deposit from their own savings and a mortgage supplied by a lender who were traditional banks and/or building societies. In recent years a more common feature is when purchasers are given financial assistance by their parents and/or other family members due to…

A common problem faced by landlords wanting to evict their tenants is that once a court has granted a Possession Order, the tenant still refuses to leave.  This can be incredibly frustrating for the landlord as it may have already taken several months to obtain possession and they may have incurred substantial fees for legal…

The traditional system of conveyancing of unregistered land has been in existence for centuries, although it was overhauled by the Law Property Act 1925 (this was accompanied initially by the Land Registration Act 1925, which fully put into place the reforming system of land registration. This was continued by the Land Registration Act 2002).  The…

The long-awaited Supreme Court decision as to whether a landlord can succeed under Section 30(1)(f) of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 has decided that in the case of S Franses Limited v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited 2018 where the Court unanimously allowed the tenant’s appeal in the much anticipated decision on the meaning…

When an owner of commercial business premises agrees to grant permission for those premises to be occupied by a third party, it is important to consider whether the occupation should be on the basis of a lease, a licence or a tenancy at will, as each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, we…

The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993), introduced the right for tenants to request an extension on their existing tenancy. The Act gives eligible tenants the right to request a lease extension from their landlord with a payment of a premium and a peppercorn rent. There are two ways of obtaining…

A lease is an agreement, usually by way of a document in writing, which passes, affirms, or confirms an interest, right, or property and that is signed, witnessed, delivered and in some jurisdictions, sealed. This is commonly associated with transferring title to property, where an interest in the land or property is created, for a…

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