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LANDLORDS – DON’T GET INTO HOT WATER!

From 1st April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties in England and... read more


WELSH PROPERTIES – CHANGES TO STAMP DUTY

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


Cladding

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


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

  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


HOW DO I KNOW MY NEW HOME IS SAFE?

From a conveyancing point of view, there are three aspects to this question: The Survey.  When you are buying a property you have a choice of (a) a full structural survey (b) a Home Buyer report or (c) a mortgage valuation.  The full structural survey provides you with more information (and is more expensive) than... read more


How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices?

How will a Hung Parliament affect House Prices? Following the recent 2017 election which has resulted in a Hung Parliament and a Conservative DUP coalition experts have warned that House Prices and Britain’s Housing market is set for further uncertainty.   A hung parliament means that no single party managed to win the 326 seats needed... read more


Flying Freeholds

A flying freehold refers to freehold property built over land which does not form part of the property. It is used to describe the situation where a freehold property overhangs or projects out from underneath.   According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, examples of flying freeholds are found in all types of buildings... read more