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‘How long will my property transaction take to complete?’ – is one of the most frequent questions that our Residential Property Team encounter. On most occasions our response is either ‘we don’t exactly know until we investigate the Title’ or ‘standard conveyancing transactions can take up to 8 to 12 weeks’ – the latter response…

General power to buy or sell property under a power of attorney An attorney under a registered EPA or financial LPA may make decisions about anything that relates to the donor’s property and financial affairs. This includes buying and selling property, and this can be done without obtaining the consent of the Court of Protection,…

With the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday having been extended from 31st March 2021 to 30th June 2021, working within the property market is very pressurised. The property market has continued to grow dramatically, with the strongest rate of annual growth since June 2016. According to Halifax, the average price of a home in…

If you are a trustee of a trust which owns a property, then it will be your responsibility to ensure that you comply with trust law at every stage of the process when selling the property. As trustees, you will need to engage an estate agent to market the property and solicitors to prepare the…

Imagine your property is like this red apple: If you own your property as joint tenants, then you both hold this red apple together as a whole. If one of you dies, then the apple passes in its entirety to the survivor automatically, so the survivor ends up owning the whole apple on their own….

A house purchase is probably one of the largest purchases we will ever make in our lives, but do you actually understand the process that happens when you buy a property? The first step in buying a house would be to instruct a solicitor; you will need a solicitor to complete the legal process of…

(Or EWS1 Certificates and other hot topics, and why Commercial Property Lawyers need to worry about these too.) On 14 June 2017 a horrific fire engulfed the Grenfell tower block in North Kensington.  72 people died.  Many more were injured and many, many more left homeless. Subsequent reports implicated aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on…

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…

“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…

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