Self-builders risk losing Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) exemption

November 12th 2020 | residential property

A recent appeal case decision has underlined why it is essential that self-builders serve the Assumption of Liability Notice and the Commencement Notice on the Local Authority before starting work on a development which would otherwise be liable to CIL. Under the 2010 CIL Regulations, self-builders are able to claim read more...

Future change in Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme

September 29th 2020 | residential property

The existing Equity Loan Scheme run by the Government via Homes England comes to an end on 31st March 2021. From that date, an entirely new scheme will be available for first-time buyers from developers who are separately registered under the new Scheme. The developers will be required to offer read more...

Land Registry Help During Covid 19

May 6th 2020 | residential property

As of Monday 4th May, for a temporary period, the Land Registry will not require “wet signature” documents and will accept deeds signed in pen, witnessed in person and scanned and sent in PDF, JPEG or similar means to their lawyer who will attach those details to the final agreed read more...

Right of Light and City Centre Development

April 17th 2020 | residential property

The recent decision in the case of Beaumont Business Centres Ltd v Florala Properties Ltd makes clear that developers of city centre buildings should not assume that the Courts will not grant an injunction for breach of rights of light where they have completed construction of offending works. In such read more...

Problems With New Build Properties: New Homes Ombudsman

February 26th 2020 | residential property

The Government announced on 24th February that it will introduce legislation for a New Homes Ombudsman, to provide buyers of new homes with a free, independent complaints procedure to resolve problems with newly-built homes. All developers of new homes will have to belong to the scheme (which will be separate read more...

Change to Electrical Safety Regulations for Landlords

January 17th 2020 | landlord and tenant

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, if passed by Parliament, will be applicable to new residential tenancies from 1st July this year and existing tenancies from 1st February 2021. The Regulations will not apply to premises let by social or resident landlords, or long read more...

Enfranchisement – Good news for Landlords, bad news for Tenants

December 2nd 2019 | residential property

A recent decision by the Supreme Court ( Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd -v- Hautford Ltd [2019] UKSC47) determined that it was reasonable for a Landlord to decline a Tenant’s application to apply for planning permission for change of use of a property to residential, where that would read more...

5G Mobile Phone Mast Consultation

September 4th 2019 | residential property

Designed to support the deployment of 5G networks across England, the Government has proposed reforms to the development rights belonging to electronic communications code operators under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. The proposed reforms, designed to extend geographical network coverage, would allow Code operators read more...

Help to Buy Loans: There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

August 6th 2019 | residential property

Help to Buy in England was introduced to assist those buying a home on a new-build development. The Government, via Homes England, will provide an equity loan of up to 20% (outside London) and 40% (in London) subject to a maximum purchase price of £600,000 and on which no interest read more...

Potential Pitfalls in Granting Overseas Powers of Attorney

July 16th 2019 | notarial services

Powers of Attorney are regularly used by parties located in this country when they want to appoint somebody abroad to deal with matters on their behalf. Examples of where such Powers are used are:- Buying and selling property, court proceedings, administering a deceased’s Estate and dealing with company incorporation. If read more...

Letting Agents Must Join Client Money Protection Scheme

March 25th 2019 | residential property

The Client Money Protection Schemes for Property Agents (Requirement to Belong to a Scheme etc.) Regulations 2019 come into force on 1 April 2019. The Regulations include a requirement for letting agents to join a government approved client money protection scheme, which provides a level of compensation of at least read more...

Right of Way for Owner's Adjoining Land is Only Ancillary

February 21st 2019 | residential property

A recent Court of Appeal case has re-confirmed that if land ceases to be used for an ancillary purpose, it can no longer be accessed via a right of way benefitting adjoining land.  Parker and another v Roberts [2019] EWCA Civ 121 (7 February 2019) involved a case where in read more...
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