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DIY Approach to Property Purchase Proves Costly

By |2018-02-22T10:20:53+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing|

You might think that something as seemingly simple as buying a pitch for a caravan is straightforward enough to do yourself, but a recent example shows why no sensible person would consider entering into a property transaction without employing a specialist lawyer. A man who went ahead and paid £3,000 for a caravan pitch entirely wasted [...]

Buyer Beware Principle Means Compensation Denied

By |2015-11-02T12:10:54+00:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing|

'Buyer beware' is a legal concept with which purchasers of goods and property have had to contend for centuries. It applies to most transactions where specific protection for purchasers is not provided under the law. It was rigorously applied in one recent case in which a couple paid £625,000 for a secluded home shortly before developers [...]

Ignoring Duty to Neighbours Costs Homeowner

By |2014-01-27T09:08:47+00:00January 27th, 2014|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

Homeowners have a responsibility to ensure that they do not damage their neighbours’ properties and this includes a legal duty to keep their garden trees and shrubs under control. When a North London woman ignored her responsibilities in this regard, the result was an order by the court to pay more than £17,000 in damages to [...]

Chancel Repair Liability Risk – Reduced But Not Gone

By |2014-01-06T10:11:14+00:00January 6th, 2014|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

Homeowners may be breathing a sigh of relief following the widely publicised reports that ‘chancel repair liability’ (CRL) must now be registered to be effective – but the risk still remains for some. CRL can arise where a parish has the legal right to make properties that fall within its boundaries responsible for the upkeep of [...]

Buying a Home ‘Off Plan’? Beware the Pitfalls

By |2013-10-07T13:52:29+01:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

With the new-build property market picking up, sales of ‘off-plan’ properties will be expected to rise. However, a recent case shows that buying a property in this way has potential pitfalls. It involved a couple who failed to complete the purchase of a flat due to the withdrawal of their mortgage offer whilst building works were [...]

The Perils of Incautious Auction Purchase

By |2013-04-03T08:54:00+01:00April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

A High Court ruling has underlined the dangers inherent in purchasing property at auction without taking proper legal advice. A disabled woman is facing a financial catastrophe after she made a successful telephone bid for a substantial property, without commissioning a survey and without previously viewing it, just a week before a landslide left it teetering [...]

No Presumption of Equality in Property Ownership, Rules Court

By |2013-01-28T09:17:00+00:00January 28th, 2013|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

When a couple heeded the advice of their mortgage adviser and put the property they bought together into only one of their names, an eventual dispute over who owned what was always a possibility. The man paid all of the bills relating to the property, including the mortgage. The contribution from his partner was £100 per [...]

Village Greens – Latest Decisions

By |2012-05-28T10:41:43+01:00May 28th, 2012|Categories: General, Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

A recent ruling in which 'village green' status was withdrawn from an area of land in Dorset highlights the fact that the granting of village green status does not necessarily mean that the land will be free from the risk of development in perpetuity. The Government is determined to free up more land for development. To [...]

Plans Not Definitive in Property Rights

By |2011-12-05T09:47:00+00:00December 5th, 2011|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

A dispute between neighbours illustrates the significance of two important facts about property. Firstly, to prevent another person from obtaining a legal 'easement' (the right to use) or legal title to land that belongs to you but which they use as their own (by way of a process called 'adverse possession'), you must take steps to [...]