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Solar Panels – What you need to know

Increasingly, property owners are considering installing solar panels in order to reduce their energy bills and earn money for producing electricity. There are, however, some important legal considerations to be taken into account when deciding whether to install solar panels. Planning Permission Solar panels on domestic and non-domestic properties are classed as a General Permitted
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MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS (MEES)

CALLING ALL LANDLORDS: MAKE SURE YOUR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL RENTED PROPERTIES NOW MEET THE MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS (MEES)   From 1 April 2018, all domestic private rented property or non-domestic private rented property are expected to meets the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) of the The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales)
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Party Wall Agreements

The Party Wall Act 1996 (‘PWA’) provides a framework for neighbours in England and Wales who share a boundary to carry out building works to a shared boundary wall or structure.   What is the PWA 1996? The PWA was introduced because building works can cause damage to an adjoining property and interrupt the adjoining
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Security of Tenure in Commercial Leases

What is it? “Security of Tenure” is a statutory right, under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“LTA 1954”), for an existing Tenant to renew a Lease and automatically applies to any premises occupied for business use.   What does it do? If your Lease has the benefit of “security of tenure” then a Landlord
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Lifetime Planning for Cohabitants and Unmarried Couples

More couples in recent years are choosing cohabitation rather than marriage.  Many believe they have the same rights as married couples, however, this not true as the law does not treat cohabitants the same way as a spouse. There is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’ and under the intestacy rules, the survivor
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Demand for new housing puts green belt land at risk

It seems government ministers are debating whether or not to build on green belt land to meet housing demands. This report in The Guardian states: “The number of homes being planned on green belt land in England has increased to more than 360,000, according to countryside campaigners, who fear ministers are poised to weaken protections
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Fear of solicitors is making a scammer’s job easier!

Chances are, at some point in your life you will have to employ the services of a solicitor.  But, it’s not something people generally relish!  We often come into a person’s life at a difficult or stressful time and, however much we try and put people at ease, there still seems to be a fear
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Could your home be sold from under your feet?

Imagine finding your house listed for auction on Rightmove and knowing nothing about it!  That’s exactly what happened to Mr. Minh To of Stockport. Following a call from his daughter asking why he was selling his house, Mr. To discovered his 5-bedroom Greater Manchester home was listed for auction just three days later.  BBC News
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Did you know – taking painkillers could get you banned for drug-driving?

We all know it’s illegal to drink and drive, or drive under the influence of illegal drugs – but did you know that the police can now charge you with drug-driving if you are considered unfit after taking certain prescription medicines? A new law introduced in March 2015, combined with the use of new roadside
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Are mortgage lenders relying too heavily on the Bank of Mum and Dad?

You may have seen the recent news reports that Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage – but in case you haven’t read the small print, it still relies on a hefty sum of money being put up as security by generous parents or grandparents. Once again, it seems the Bank of Mum and Dad
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