Escalating Maintenance Fees Newbuilds

Earlier this year we featured an article about escalating ground rents, particularly where they were set by developers on new houses, sold on 999-year leases, and the problems buyers were subsequently experiencing in relation to ever higher annual ground rent payments, leading to problems when they tried to sell those homes. Now it seems developers […]

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Buying property

The Government has recently published a comprehensive guide to buying your home, and it contains lots of useful information whether you’re a first-time buyer, downsizing post-retirement, or somewhere in between. Download the How to Buy Guide [825kb pdf] There are sections which deal with, for example, applying for a mortgage, buying a new build property, […]

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Get conveyancing right

What is conveyancing, how long does it take, and what can go wrong? There has been much media coverage about the decline in homeownership, the rise of private renting, and general affordability issues when it comes to owning your own property. Despite the dreary tidings, owning a home of their own is still high on the list […]

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Ground rent escalators

By now there cannot be many conveyancers or estate agents who have not come across a problematic lease. Problems used to arise around poor drafting on occasions, or changes in practice, usually leading to non-compliance with lender requirements under the UK Finance (formerly CML) Lenders Handbook. However, in the last year or two a new […]

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Brexit and the property market

We’ve had the EU referendum – what next for property? The Law Society last week published an article which proffered reasons for sitting on both sides of the fence. Like 48% of voters and Martin Coleman, this author voted to remain in the EU. Lawyers love evidence and facts. Mr Coleman cited figures from the […]

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Choosing a conveyancing solicitor

Choosing a conveyancing solicitor is a key – but often overlooked – part of buying or selling your home. A report on home moving trends gave the feedback of 5,400 property purchasers, who kindly gave their insights into their home moves to tell you the do’s and dont’s of choosing your conveyancing solicitor. We have […]

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