Category: Property

First time buyers benefit from Stamp Duty changes

GOOD News for First Time Buyers, as Chancellor abolishes Stamp Duty for properties below £300,000.00. Philip Hammond announced in his budget on Wednesday the 22nd November 2017, that all first time buyers will be exempt from paying any stamp duty on a purchase of a property that is below £300,000.00...
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Restrictive Covenants: An overview

What is a Restrictive Covenant? It is fair to say the majority of legal titles will contain covenants that affect a property. Not surprisingly, clients do not have the faintest idea what any of these mean, as often, they are drafted using convoluted language. In simple terms, covenants come in...
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Shining a light on Solar Panels: A legal perspective

As I travel across Leicestershire, I see far more roof tops with solar panels fixed on them and whilst I appreciate homeowners motive to install them in order to receive free electricity under the Feed in Tariff (FIT), I always wonder, if they fully understand the legal implications and whether...
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Stamp Duty on Second Homes and Buy to Let Homes

Following the announcement by the Chancellor back in November 2015 regarding the 3% surcharge which will affect all new purchases of second homes and buy to let properties from the 1st April 2016, there is still a large amount of confusion and uncertainty as to who will be affected and...
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Property stress lessened by using good law firm – new study shows

One of the region’s leading law firms has welcomed a survey demonstrating that good conveyancing helps reduce stress when buying or selling property. QualitySolicitors Mander Cruickshank reacted from the report by Which? Mortgage Advisers, which said buying or selling a home is more stressful than having a child, changing jobs...
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