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Government Plans a Ban on Leasehold New-Build Houses

Posted by on July 27th 2017 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property , Property

 

The Government plans to ban the sale of new-build Leasehold houses under drastic changes amid the concerns regarding the growing trend of extortionate ground rent increases. Leaseholds on new-build houses would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under Government plans subject to public consultation.

Presently, purchasers of new-build Leasehold houses have been at risk of unacceptable rises in ground rents to scales simply unaffordable. These Leaseholds have been criticised heavily for being unfair and penalising those who manage to make it onto the property market. With the ground rents increasing, the property may then become impossible to...

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 Claudia Law receives Royal assent

Posted by on May 31st 2017 in Blog Posts

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 Claudia Law receives Royal assent

The Guardianship (Missing persons) Act 2017 received royal assent on the 27th April 2017 .

This new act aptly nicknamed ‘Claudia’s Law’ arose from the case of Claudia Lawrence who disappeared on her way to work at the University of York in 2009. Her family tirelessly campaigned for legislation that would alleviate some of the stress endured by the families of missing persons.

It is estimated that 1% of the 250,000 people who go missing from the UK every year remain missing for more than a year.

Families not only have to deal with the trauma and stress of missing their loved one,...

Chung and Another v Towey Tenants Liability to Pay the Landlords Valuations Costs on Enfranchisement

Posted by on May 12th 2017 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Chung and Another v Towey Tenants Liability to Pay the Landlords Valuations Costs on Enfranchisement

On a Tenant’s decision to buy the freehold of their property, the Tenant is responsible for paying for a number of things; the purchase price as well as their own valuation, conveyancing and legal fees. The Tenant is also responsible for the reasonable costs of the Landlord for investigating the Tenant's right to acquire the freehold and the Landlord’s valuation costs incurred. The Landlord’s valuer has the role of the negotiator for the Landlord. These ‘negotiation’ costs are not recoverable from the Tenant and should be clearly separated from the Valuation costs which are recoverable.

Additionally any costs incurred in connection...

The New Residential Nil-Rate Band

Posted by on May 11th 2017 in Blog Posts, Conveyancing

The New Residential Nil-Rate Band

What is it?

Together with the current transferable nil rate band of £325,000, the new Residential Nil Rate Band (“RNRB”) may add an additional tax-free allowance of £175,000 to your estate by 2021. This allowance will also permit married and civil partnership couples to potentially leave assets with a value of up to £1 million free of inheritance tax (subject to certain provisions as detailed below). 

The “RNRB” started at £100,000 on 6th April 2017 and will be increase by £25,000 each year up until 2020 where the maximum allowance of £175,000 will be available. See the table below for a...

'Stepping into the Unknown'

Posted by on May 5th 2017 in Blog Posts

'Stepping into the Unknown'

The first day of your Training Contract can be one of the most frightening days of your life. Questions and worries whizz around your head; what will I do on my first day? How should I introduce myself? Will I be expected to know everything after a week?

The simple response to all of these questions is – don’t worry!

We all possess that eagerness to impress and illustrate what we can achieve and succeed in, yet don’t allow your nerves to get the better of you. It may well be your first ever ‘legal’ job and thus a big leap into...

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