Residential Property News

Council Tax to Bite on Empty PropertyJune 20, 2018

In 2017, 205,293 dwellings in England were left empty for six months or more. With the housing shortage never far from the news agenda, steps...

Working From Home? Do You Have the Right?May 24, 2018

Although they may not know it, many householders are banned by restrictions in their title deeds from using their properties for commercial purposes. Recently, a...

Planning Law – Take Advice Before You ActApril 22, 2018

The planning system is very far from straightforward and sensible landowners seek legal advice before tackling it. The point was underlined by one case in...

Premature Contract Signature Proves ExpensiveApril 8, 2018

Signing a contract before you are sure you are willing to complete it can be a huge mistake: judges do not flinch from enforcing valid...

DIY Approach to Property Purchase Proves CostlyMarch 21, 2018

You might think that something as seemingly simple as buying a pitch for a caravan is straightforward enough to do yourself, but a recent example...

Onerous Leasehold Terms to be BannedFebruary 26, 2018

Following an outcry over the terms that apply to the purchase of new leasehold properties in some circumstances, the Government conducted a public consultation. This...

Facing Compulsory Purchase of Your Home?December 18, 2017

Home ownership is generally regarded as providing safety and long-term security, but this is not always the case as properties can be compulsorily purchased by...

Flat Tenants – Taking Over Management Can Be a Legal MinefieldDecember 4, 2017

Most leaseholders would like to obtain the right to manage their own premises. However, as one tribunal case shows, there are many potential pitfalls, so...

Couple May Lose House After Denying Neighbour Access to MeterOctober 18, 2017

Disputes between neighbours can blight the lives of all concerned and it is always wise to seek legal advice before matters get out of hand....

Don’t Delay in Completing ‘Formalities’October 4, 2017

There is a tendency to think that procedural matters are mere formalities and there is no need to be in a rush to dot the...

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