Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that property house prices in the Northwest of England rose by 3.4 per cent in the year to May.
A review of inheritance tax (IHT) rules has led to recommendations that the Government make it simpler for people to pass wealth on to future generations.
The case of S Frances Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel has important implications for commercial landlords who wish to terminate a tenant’s lease.
In July 2018, the government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework, known more commonly as the NPPF2. Its aim is to encourage local authorities to build more affordable housing, in the hope of easing the housing crisis. In fact, the goal is to supply 300,000 homes each year by the mid-2020s.
The Law Commission is currently analysing responses to a consultation on commonhold. Their report is due to be published later this year. The aim is to reform commonhold laws, making it a preferred alternative to leaseholds.
On 1 April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations came into force. Since then, a landlord has been unable to grant or renew a lease, if their property has an EPC rating of F or G. These properties are known as ‘substandard’. From 1 April 2020, a landlord cannot continue to rent a substandard property.
Tenant Fees Act comes into force on 1st June 2019 affecting all Landlords in the private rental sector in England.
A new cap due to be rolled out for the Help to Buy scheme in April 2021 will make it difficult for first time buyers in the North to find affordable properties.
The number of rent deposit disputes between landlords and tenants that are being resolved before they reach the final adjudication process has increased, according to a report by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).
A survey carried out by the Residential Landlord’s Association (RLA) has revealed that more than one in four landlords will sell at least one of their properties over the next year. This exodus from the buy-to-let sector is thought to be fuelled by rising property prices coupled with unfavourable legislation, encouraging landlords to cash in on their gains.
The number of inheritance disputes reaching the High Courts has jumped 62% in two years.
The taxman enjoyed a record £5.4 billion of inheritance tax receipts in the last financial year: an increase of 3.1% on the previous year. Insurer Canada Life predicts this figure will grow to £10 billion by 2030 as a result of the stagnant nil-rate band which isn’t keeping pace with inflation. Whilst the £325,000 allowance […]
MA consultation launched by the Law Commission in December has considered how ‘right to manage’ legislation can be made quicker, simpler and more accessible for leasehold property owners. The Commission proposed various reforms to current legislation and is now considering responses to the consultation questions raised. Historically, buildings consisting of many leasehold properties would be […]
Greater protection for tenants with the end of no-fault evictions The Government has announced plans to scrap ‘no fault’ evictions with a new open-ended rental system envisaged. Such a system could mirror that introduced in Scotland two years ago and systems already operating in other European countries. Currently most renters take an Assured Shorthold Tenancy […]
An Executor is responsible for applying for a Grant of Probate and administering a deceased person’s estate.
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According to figures in The Times 5.3 million (21%) homes in England and Wales are leasehold, meaning the property is not owned outright but is instead ‘leased’ from the freeholder, typically for a lengthy term. In a leasehold arrangement there will usually be a contract between leaseholder and freeholder which sets out the legal rights […]
It is a common misconception that you do not need a survey when purchasing a new build property. Whilst new builds look crisp and clean from afar, they can suffer from just as many problems as older houses – if not more. In a 2015 survey, 27% of buyers said their new home had more […]
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