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AUTUMN 2018 BUDGET – CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS AND STAMP DUTY LAND TAX

AUTUMN 2018 BUDGET – CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS AND STAMP DUTY LAND TAX In the Autumn Budget for 2017, it was announced that Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) would be abolished for first-time buyers for purchases up to £300,000 from 22nd November 2017. This also applied to purchases of shared ownership properties where
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Common land, town and village greens

What are they? A town or village green is an area of open space which has been used by the inhabitants of the town, village or parish, for the purposes of lawful recreation for a significant period of time. In general terms, “common land” means land owned by one person over which another person is
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Appointment of a Guardian

When drafting your Will it is important to consider guardianship for your child to ensure you know that the person appointed will carry on bringing them up as you had intended.  If the parents of the child have died without appointing guardians, only the Court can appoint a guardian.   Under the Children Act 1989 Section 5(3)
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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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