After almost two months in deep freeze, the housing market is open for business again, but this is not the housing market we knew before lockdown. The government’s re-opening of the market, came as a surprise to conveyancing solicitors, surveyors, estate agents, and removal companies, this has left them scrambling to put safety measures in place.
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With a quarter of the UK’s population either unemployed or on furlough, many tenants are struggling to pay their rent. We look at what rights landlords have during this time.
With most of the UK in lockdown registering a death can be difficult. You cannot register the death in person, instead councils are offering telephone appointments.
On the 26 March 2020, the government published guidance on moving home during the pandemic. While many have viewed this as a pause to the property market, it does not prohibit the marketing of properties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of confusion, not least for those who are in the midst of buying a property.
To provide clarity, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions.
How do I get my will witnessed if I can’t come to the office?”
With the UK in lockdown, many banks and building societies are tightening their rules on lending leaving many people locked out of mortgage deals.
A green lease is a type of commercial lease entered into by a landlord and a tenant. It places obligations on each party to comply with environmentally sustainable objectives
A recent battle between the RNLI and a disinherited daughter shows just how important it is to have a professionally drafted Will.
When two or more people die together – and they own joint assets – it is important to discover who died first. If this cannot be established, it is assumed that the deaths occurred in order of age. In other words, the oldest person died first.
Are you thinking about gifting your loved ones this Christmas? With the right advice, you can make these gifts tax exempt. This ensures that if you die within the next seven years, the gifts will not be considered part of your estate – and therefore will not be subject to Inheritance Tax
If you’ve inherited a property that took some time to sell, you may be due a refund from the taxman.
Around two thirds of the UK’s population of adults have not made a Will. But do you know what happens to your assets if you die ‘intestate’? Many are surprised to learn they can actually end up with the Crown.
When buying a property, it is important that you understand the different forms of legal ownership: freehold, leasehold, or commonhold.
New Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rules are on the way which may affect couples who are splitting up and plan to sell their home eventually, accidental landlords and those who have bought a new home without selling their old property.
If you are planning to develop a commercial property in a conservation area, legal advice is essential. If you break the rules, you could find yourself in trouble.
Selling part of your business property for development is a good way to raise capital. However, there are lots of things to consider before you go ahead with the sale. If you do not put the right measures in place, you could regret your decision later on.
If your commercial lease is up for renewal, now is the time to renegotiate the terms and conditions. The draft lease will likely be prepared by your landlord’s solicitor, and so will almost certainly favour your landlord. However, you can always push back to get yourself a better deal. You are perfectly entitled to do […]
It’s not uncommon for some of our mental capabilities to decline as we age. Many people find their memory gets worse; and processing speed, reasoning and executive functions can also slip as the years pass us by. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many people need a helping hand with finances as they get older.
Thanks to soaring house prices, it is increasingly difficult for young people to get a foot on the property ladder and consequently the bank of mum and dad is often called upon to help out. In fact, parents assist with one and five property purchases, making them the UK’s tenth biggest lender, according to the Times. Unfortunately, few families record the nature of their arrangement in writing and this can cause difficulties down the line.