News & Publications: Residential Conveyancing

Can an email signature bind you to the sale of property?

March 31st, 2020

Commentary on the decision in Neocleous & another v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch) Introduction Section 2 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 (‘the Act’), provides (amongst other things) that a contract for the sale of land can only be made in writing, containing all of the agreed terms in a single […]

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New home warranties

March 17th, 2015

When a new home is sold by the builder, the buyer needs a warranty that it has been built in a good and workmanlike manner and that he has recourse in the event of any defect. The builder provides the initial warranty under the contract for sale. Alas the building industry is no more resilient […]

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Stamp duty change – who benefits?

January 14th, 2015

On 3 December 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced changes to stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Unlike the previous system, SDLT will only apply to the part of the property price that falls with a specific band. The Chancellor has estimated that the reforms will result in a cut to SDLT for […]

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Don’t be coerced into paying service charges…

September 21st, 2013

Being a residential leaseholder, you are likely to be asked to pay service charges by your landlord on your regular basis. You may consider the service charges to be too high and you should be aware that when you receive a service charge bill from your landlord, you do not necessarily have to accept the […]

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Residential leasehold properties – clarification on the consultation requirements for qualifying works

September 16th, 2013

Phillips v Francis [2012] EWHC 3650 (Ch) This recent decision in the High Court updates the law on the consultation requirements for landlords on qualifying works for the purposes of Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (‘the Act’). Prior to this decision, it was considered that Section 20 of the Act only […]

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Home buyers guide

February 20th, 2013

A document of this kind can do no more than provide a brief outline of the law. Every situation depends on its own facts and action should not be taken in reliance on this summary. As always it is desirable to take appropriate advice. The Solicitors’ Job The solicitor and his staff make a conveyancing […]

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