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Since 1980, council tenants, and former council tenants whose properties have been transferred to housing associations, have had the right to buy their homes from their landlord at a significant discount. The scheme remains popular. In the last four years, over fifty thousand families have used their Right to Buy to become home owners. Now,... read more

School Fees Orders

The responsibility of choosing the most appropriate school for your child is huge and is often one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. For some, a decision fairly early on will have been made with regard to private education. The cost of which can be eye watering. So what happens... read more

Here come the girls…

I just wanted to take a moment in this blog to appreciate how unique and awesome Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited actually is! I’m not going to apologise but I will give you fair warning that there is definitely a feminist angle to this.  Ugh your eye rolls are almost audible but please don’t stop reading! ... read more

Water Meters

Since 1990, every new home has been fitted with a water meter, but water meters can also be fitted to newer properties. The water companies say that people who live on their own, have a small family, or live in a house with a high rateable value, may be able to save money on their... read more

Order for financial provision for a child

The majority of parents will be able to resolve questions about financial support for their children by reference to the Child Maintenance Services (CMS) formerly CSA. Even if the CMS is not formally instructed to calculate child support, the formulas they apply will indicate for most families an appropriate level of financial provision.   There... read more

My Nightmare Tenants

We act for a lot of landlords and we all know that the law protects the tenant and if Teresa May has her way, tenants will have even more protection. Unfortunately, many tenants know how to ‘play the system’ and they stop paying rent, they steal the Housing Benefit by having it paid directly to... read more

Whiplash Reforms

The Government has made an announcement for reforms for low-value personal injury claims. For claims arising from road traffic accidents the Small Claims Limit will rise from £1,000 to £5,000 whereas the limit for employers’ liability and public liability claims will rise to £2,000. What does this mean? If injuries fall within the Small Claims... read more

Help To Buy – can I still use it, or has it finished?

Yes, Help to Buy is still available. Help To Buy is the name which the government uses for various different schemes aimed at helping people up the property ladder. One of these schemes was called the Mortgage Guarantee scheme. You can no longer apply for a mortgage under this scheme, though existing mortgages are not... read more