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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


The Rise of The Digital Divorce

Married couples will soon be able to apply for a divorce online as part of a £1bn change to the justice system. The Ministry of Justice said the scheme, which was being tested at three sites in the UK, would be rolled out across the country to enable all uncontested divorces to be conducted using... 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


PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL FOR DEBT CLAIMS

A new Pre-Action Protocol came into force on the 1st October 2017.  It applies to any business claiming a payment of a debt from an individual or a sole trader.  It does not apply to business-to-business debts.   The aim is to try and settle these matters before they get to Court and, given the... 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


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


SHOULD YOUR PET WEAR A SEAT BELT?

Under The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006, and The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Wales) Order 2007, you must not transport an animal in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal.   It is also important that a dog is suitably restrained in a vehicle... read more


Irretrievable Breakdown and Divorce Petitions

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973), s 1(1) provides that there is only one ground for divorce, namely that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Irretrievable breakdown can further be proved by one of five facts available (MCA 1973, s1(2)): adultery unreasonable behaviour desertion two years separation with consent five years separation The majority... 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