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Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday

13 Jul 2020

The government has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. Anyone completing on a main residence costing up to £500,000 between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 will not pay any stamp duty, and more expensive…

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To buy or not to buy - The freehold on a long leasehold house

28 Nov 2019

What is the difference between freehold and leasehold properties? Freehold means you own the land and the property outright with no time limits. Leasehold is where the land the property sits on is owned by the freeholder and the home owner pays an annual charge (ground rent) to the freeholder…

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Limitations on Limitations of Liability

10 Nov 2017

Any transaction, no matter how much the parties may believe they catered for all eventualities, carries a degree of risk of liability for all parties involved. Where trustees are party to a transaction (whether a property transfer or a lease), they will usually seek to limit their liability to ensure…

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The Government's Proposals On Leasehold Reform

25 Aug 2017

Over recent years there has been a vast increase in the number of leasehold properties being registered at the Land Registry. The number of leasehold properties in England and Wales has almost doubled between 1996 and 2015. Leasehold properties can seem appealing on the surface, often being…

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Five top tips for a smooth move

15 Feb 2017

Whilst the majority of property transactions go through smoothly, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of things not going to plan and alleviating stress levels at the same time :- 1. Do your sums · Make sure you know what the total cost of the transaction is going…

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