The term ‘leasehold enfranchisement’ relates to rights enjoyed by certain tenants of residential flats under long leases. For example, the right to...
    In an era where the mere mention of a new legislative term can evoke anxiety, the landscape of leasehold property ownership is undergoing a...
    Porter Dodson Solicitors, a top 200 UK law firm, proudly announces the appointment of Jenny Shepherd as a Partner in the Wellington office, effective...
    The process of surrendering a lease is a nuanced aspect of landlord-tenant relations that demands careful consideration. Trainee Solicitor, Jill...
    In his latest monthly Q&A, Property Litigation specialist Will Bartley delves into the rising concerns surrounding new-build housing and the surge in...
    The Government utilised the King’s Speech last week to introduce further proposals to reform leasehold ownership of homes. One proposal was the...
    When it comes to real estate, the concept of restrictive covenants plays a significant role in shaping land use and property development. These...
    Property Litigator Will Bartley, discusses what happens when joint-owners no longer wish to jointly own their Property, and what steps can be taken...
    After years of delay from its original announcement in 2019, the Renters (Reform) Bill 2023 was finally introduced in Parliament on 17th May. The...
    UK government’s proposal to limit a residential landlord’s ability to evict tenants without a specific reason, commonly known as “no fault”...
    In March this year the Government published a new 'How to Rent' guidance checklist.
    Options: Yes, No, Don't Know...These were the responses available to a vendor of a property in London whose claim by the purchaser has recently hit...
    Marriage is certainly on the decline. Data from the office for national statistics shows that the latest marriage rates are the lowest on record....
    There is no requirement that you use a solicitor, or licensed conveyancer, when buying a house. You could choose to represent yourself. However, when...
    We are delighted that newly appointed partner, Michelle Wilson, has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) National...
    The earlier the better is the answer. Property sales and purchases are often fraught with unnecessary difficulties and delays, such as chains...
    ‘Deeds’, as most people remember, is a large parcel of old documents, such as conveyances. These show how the property has passed between each person...
    When you come to sell your property so much happens very quickly, especially if you are lucky enough to find a buyer promptly.
    Over the years there have been several cases whereby unscrupulous people have sold or tried to sell properties that are not owned by them.
    The legal principles surrounding property ownership can be complicated and promises made can be binding.
    It was announced in the Autumn budget last year that an additional Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge of 3% on the entire purchase price would be made...
    This time last year I commented that the changes in lending rules in the Spring were likely to lead to a flurry of activity before the changes were...
    The Chancellor’s announcement on Stamp Duty Land Tax levels is a positive and welcome move. I welcome the very short notice which meant that no-one...
    In England & Wales we operate two forms of conveyancing: one for property which is unregistered and the other where the property is registered with...
    With property prices in the south west remaining high in relation to salaries and more attractive mortgage deals only being available to those with a...
    The recent High Court case of Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind (2014) has reconsidered the landowner’s duty to inspect trees on their land....
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on property acquisitions is expensive. It is a tax which has not kept pace with inflation. The bands for SDLT have not...
    Landlords of residential properties, and their agents, who may have thought they were up to speed on the regulations governing registration of...
    As we commented in a previous blog post, chancel repair liability still continues to cause headaches for property lawyers and owners.
    At Porter Dodson, we try to avoid bamboozling clients with legal jargon, but often get asked what is meant by the term “Caveat Emptor”. Translated...
    When you are discussing the costs of buying a house or flat with your solicitor, he or she should mention searches. If you are getting a mortgage to...
    Our property lawyers have been struggling with the knotty subject of chancel repair liability for decades, so why has it only just come to the...
    We often a get asked for a “conveyancing” quote, so we thought we’d take a look at what the term “conveyancing” means; although we prefer to talk of "