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On 1st April, the rules relating to Stamp Duty on property purchases change in Wales, as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) ceases to apply in Wales and a new Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is introduced.   LTT has a different set of rate bands from SDLT – for properties under £400,000 the amount of tax... read more


FIRE SAFETY – AND SERVICE CHARGES Following a tribunal decision, flat-owners in apartment blocks with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower are likely to have to pay the cost of essential improvements to the properties. Leaseholders in the “Fresh” building in Salford went to the tribunal to try and stop the freeholder from making them pay... read more

Living in a Conservation Area

Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place – in other words the features that make it unique and distinctive. Do you live in a conservation area? Find out if you live in a conservation area by contacting your local planning authority or checking its website. They will be able to tell... read more

Attention First Time Buyers!

In the Budget on 22 November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for first time buyers. The relief will apply from 22 November 2017 to purchases of residential property for £500,000 or less, provided the purchaser intends to occupy the property as their only or main... read more

Home Buyers Consultation Underway

The Government has announced that it is gathering evidence on making the home buying process cheaper, faster and less stressful for buyers and sellers (of course, you could just instruct Latimer Lee). Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, said “We want to ensure that we address issues across the whole sector, from ways to tackle gazumping... read more

Burials at Home

Burials usually take place in purpose-designed cemeteries and churchyards, but there are some alternative burial options which can be considered. Wealthy families with large estates have, for centuries, built a mausoleum or burial chambers and vaults on their land, for the burial of a family member. According to Salford Council, the right to a private... read more


  HALLOWEEN PROPERTY PURCHASE FAQs Q How do I know whether my house has been built on an ancient Native American Burial Ground? A    Latimer Lee will always carry out an Environmental Search on your behalf.  This will reveal potentially contaminative past uses, including graveyards. Q There are meat-hooks in the cellar.  Should I be... read more

Create Streets

The “Create Streets” organisation campaigns for “community-led regeneration and infill to create more homes and better places whilst protecting existing social housing”.  In other words, it wants people to live in traditional houses in traditional towns and cities. This week it publishes a report that: In London, buyers prefer areas with “high intersection density”, ie... read more

New Build Boom

The number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008, as shown by figures released in August. The latest housebuilding data shows that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, up 13% on the previous year, and have increased by more than three-quarters... read more

New proposals to deal with problem ground rents

In recent months the problem of unfair increases in leasehold ground rents has been highlighted. Many houses, especially in the North West, have been built and sold as leasehold over the past hundred years – with traditional leases it is unusual for the ground rent to increase.  However, this is not the case for brand... read more