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ACT NOW! - Help to Buy ISA deadline imminent

Laura Mechen
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The Help to Buy ISA scheme will close to new accounts at midnight on 30 November 2019.   What is a Help to Buy ISA and do I need one? The Help to Buy ISA is a savings account that you should open if you are saving to buy your first home. The...

A Trainee's Diary - Seat Two

Stuart Long
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Following my first seat with the Litigation, Commercial and Personal Injury Department, I moved to the hectic Property Department in January 2019. I have found this area incredibly interesting, particularly Commercial Property, and important to my continual...

The Pros and Cons of Purchasing a New Build Property

Gemma Blizard
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You have finally found your dream home and you are excited about being the first owners of a brand new home, but what things should you consider when making this decision? The biggest attraction to purchasers of a new build property is that they will be the...

Thinking of moving home? Top tips and things to consider!

Laura Mechen
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When moving home it is a good idea to know what you are signing up for. Conveyancing can be a lengthy and stressful process and so here are some top tips in order to speed up the transaction and help it run smoothly!   Selling Get valuations from...

The benefits of voluntary first registration

Rebecca West
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Around 85% of all property in England and Wales is registered with the Land Registry.  The remainder is known as unregistered land.  To refer to a property as unregistered does not mean that it has no owner but rather that the property or land has...

Purchasing a 'listed' building

Gemma Blizard
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How does purchasing a ‘listed’ building differ from an ordinary purchase? In the South East we have a number of properties of special architectural or historical importance. A listed building will fall into one of three categories of listing;...

First Time Buyer's Relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax

Laura Mechen
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Do you qualify for First Time Buyer’s Relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax? A First Time Buyer is defined by the Revenue as someone who has never owned property anywhere in the world before.  So, if you are a First Time Buyer buying a property, you...

What are Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards or MEES?

Andrew Rannie
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Affecting both residential and commercial properties, MEES are, as the name suggests, the minimum energy efficiency standards permitted by law, with effect from 1 April 2018.  What does that mean? For many years now, where a property is being sold...

Evicting a tenant - Section 21 or a Section 8 notice?

Lochana Gabrielsen
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Which notice should the landlord use to evict a tenant? Both forms are used to serve notice to tenants, but they are noticeably different, and it is extremely important to serve the correct notice to avoid unnecessary delays and expenses. What is the...

Why do I need to think about extending my Lease?

Rebecca West
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If you own a flat, the likelihood is that you own a lease rather than owning the property outright.  A lease is a right to use the property for a set number of years.  Once those years have elapsed the lease comes to an end and the property reverts...

What help is there out there for first time buyers

Gemma Blizard
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With the introduction of the new stamp duty exemption for the majority of first time buyers and the Help to Buy Isa there is more help available to first time buyers than ever before. In this blog, I will discuss the help that is currently available to...

Will You Have A Flood Risk In Your Home?

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Media reporting of flooding is all too common these days and serves as a reminder of how environmental factors can affect property values. The Environmental Agency has stated that one in six homes in England is vulnerable to flooding, so it is no surprise...

I am only buying a house - why do I need a Chancel Search?

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This search is commissioned to reveal whether the property you are proposing to buy may be affected by a potential “Chancel Repair” obligation to the local Parish Church. Basically, any property located within the boundaries of a Parish where...

Does a house move really have to take so long?

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No it doesn’t. If: the house has a registered title there are no linked transactions  (i.e. no chain) the buyer has cash and does not require a survey your buyer’s Conveyancing Solicitors are geared up to do it Then it could take...