For Property Law purposes nuisance is defined as an action (or failure to act) which is not otherwise authorised and which unduly interferes with the claimant’s enjoyment of his land. It has been famously said that whether or not something is a nuisance is a question to be determined not merely by an abstract consideration…

On leasehold properties where the lease has only eighty years to run, this may cause issues for lenders in granting mortgages. Each lender will have their own specific requirements and these are governed by the UK Finance Handbook. Prior to the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993), leaseholders/tenants with insufficient terms…

Richard Ince of Barrett and Co Solicitors in Reading maintains top three property conveyancing ranking according to independent website Three Best Rated. With conveyancing, the legal element of buying and selling property, under intense pressure because of the Stamp Duty Holiday until March 31st (on properties up to £500,000) it’s great to know that Barrett…

“Is that a multi-storey residential dwelling where your barn used to be?”  Every commercial property lawyer is fascinated by the alchemy performed by land promoters and planning specialists.  The Midas touch of an acceptable planning permission transforms even the muddiest agricultural field into a pile of gold for the owner – or so the legend…

It is no secret that the property market is currently booming with assistance from the Government’s temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) from the 8th July 2020 to the 31st March 2021 – but how has it impacted those working within the sector? In these unusual times, property solicitors are seeing a significant…

When you decide to buy your first house there are many things to consider: what colour to paint the walls? or where you are going to put that bookcase? so it is easy to forget about some of the (perhaps) less exciting, but nonetheless important, things. To assist, we compiled a non-exhaustive list of matters…

Buying your first home or even moving into your dream property is often seen as one of life’s greatest milestones, and with the introduction of the Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday, the residential property market appears to be strengthening, as people take advantage of the tax relief.  Following the property market slump in April…

The moratorium on possession proceedings, which was introduced by the Government in late March, has been lifted. However, for those proceedings that now take place, they will feel very different to those that took place in the pre-COVID era. The first major change is to the pre-action notice period, which for new cases is now…

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…

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