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When should I instruct my solicitor when buying or selling a house?
The earlier the better is the answer. Property sales and purchases are often fraught with unnecessary difficulties and delays, such as chains...
How do I obtain a copy of my deeds for my property?
‘Deeds’, as most people remember, is a large parcel of old documents, such as conveyances. These show how the property has passed between each...
Stamp Duty Relief for first-time buyers
At last, we have had some long-awaited good news from the budget for the housing market.
When you come to sell your property so much happens very quickly, especially if you are lucky enough to find a buyer promptly.
Property fraud: what precautions can you take?
You may have recently heard of some cases whereby unscrupulous people have sold or tried to sell properties that are not owned by them.
Family breakdown over a property dispute
The legal principles surrounding property ownership can be complicated and promises made can be binding.
Stamp Duty Land Tax changes for second home buyers
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...
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...
Stamp Duty Land Tax changes - how might that affect you?
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...
To register or not to register… that is the question
In England & Wales we operate two forms of conveyancing: one for property which is unregistered and the other where the property is registered...
Rising interest in the bank of mum and dad
With property prices in the south west remaining high in relation to salaries and more attractive mortgage deals only being available to those...
Landowner’s liability for trees
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...
ATED – a very uncuddly tax
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...
Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Double trouble for landlords
Landlords of residential properties, and their agents, who may have thought they were up to speed on the regulations governing registration of...
The end of chancel repair liability?
As we commented in a previous blog post, chancel repair liability still continues to cause headaches for property lawyers and owners.
What is "Caveat Emptor"?
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...
Search properly or pay the price
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...
What is chancel repair liability?
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...
What is conveyancing?
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...
UK residential property market 2014: onwards and upwards?
The short answer is….? Almost certainly, yes. Not so much a question of “when” but “how high”?
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