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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 [...]

Revenge Eviction Ruled Unlawful

By |2015-03-23T09:45:18+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

When a solicitor was considered to be making a nuisance of herself by helping her clients make claims against the local council, which was also her landlord, the council took the decision to refuse to offer her a new lease. Her office was in a unit owned by the council and let as enterprise units to [...]

Court Accepts Taxpayers’ Just and Reasonable Apportionment of Proceeds of Sale

By |2015-03-04T09:51:38+00:00March 4th, 2015|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

When a mother and son from a village near Barnsley sold their property (a house plus adjoining commercial buildings and land), the apportionment of the sale proceeds was crucial in the determination of the liability for Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The proceeds of sale of the house were exempt from tax under the legislation that exempts [...]

Everyone Duty Bound to Protect Their Own Property

By |2015-02-23T10:51:13+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

In a reminder that everyone has a duty to take reasonable steps to protect their own property, a man who walked away and 'allowed his flat to burn' without calling the fire brigade will go without a penny from insurers following a Court of Appeal ruling. On the man's own account, he had consumed seven pints [...]

Beware of making an informal agreement over property with your neighbours

By |2015-01-06T09:57:07+00:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Moving Home & Conveyancing, News|

Informal agreements can often lead to problems later on, particularly relating to property. One such arrangement recently led to neighbours facing one another in Court over a set of gates which had been placed at the entrance to the driveway which their two properties shared. The neighbours who placed the gates in front of the drive [...]

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 [...]