Property Law

Lockdown 2 and home improvements: When do you need planning permission?

With recent announcements from both the UK and Scottish government about further lockdown restrictions, you might be planning to fill your time with some lockdown home improvements. At the time of writing, tradespeople are exempt from lockdown restrictions and may enter your home to carry out necessary repairs. However, you should be aware that certain...

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How long does it take to buy a property? Everything you need to know.

The Chancellor has announced that the stamp duty threshold will be temporarily raised from £125,000 to £500,000. … The stamp duty holiday will run until 31 March 2021. It means that nearly nine out of 10 transactions will no longer be subject to stamp duty. Buying a new home is exciting and with the current...

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Landlords feel heat on changes in houses of multiple occupation licensing

The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was fined £40,000 for not having a licence for a house in multiple occupation and for failing to ensure the property was safe for the tenants. Failings included no working fire alarm on the ground floor and padlocks to bedroom doors which could delay...

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Tackling Empty High Street Shops In Shaftesbury

Julian Alahakoon, Partner and Head of Commercial and Agricultural features on this broadcast from This is Alfred a local community resource for the town and surrounding villages of Shaftesbury Dorset. Here he discusses how we are working with the local Chamber of Commerce to produce an off-the-peg legal agreement for short term commercial leases which...

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Rental Market Law Has Changed

On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on rental market law. It’s relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and administration costs for rentals. These fees have affected...

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Helping you to avoid a stinky fine

The Environment Agency has produced binding rules imposing requirements for the replacement or upgrade of septic tank drainage systems as a means of reducing pollution and improving water quality. The EA is taking these measures as septic tanks are notorious for causing pollution, which can have far-reaching environmental and social consequences. Under the new regulations,...

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Change of use – what’s the process?

In a perfect world, you would be able to convert a commercial property from one type of business to another without having to jump through too many hoops or get tangled up in too much red tape. Unfortunately, though, this world is far from perfect, and a change of use can involve a surprising amount...

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