Residential property

Stamp Duty Land Tax 3% surcharge ‘Replacement of only or main residence’ and the three-year rules

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The higher rates of SDLT are intended to apply to purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy to let properties. More …

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

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As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief". More …

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

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In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be. More …

Prior planning prevents tax-poor performance

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Recent changes in residential property tax are confusing for us all. But for our many non-domicile residents, or people who are considering a move to the UK, the sheer array of potential pitfalls must leave them begging the question whether UK property ownership is worth the aggravation? More …

Council victory brings risk of increased costs for developers

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Following a recent Court of Appeal judgment, developers may come under increased pressure from highway authorities to contribute towards the costs of maintaining estate roads and street furniture after they have been adopted as maintainable at public expense under Section 38 of the Highways Act. More …

Homeowners beware: you may be liable for tree root damage caused to your neighbour's property

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Amanda Morris considers the case of Khan and Khan v Harrow Council and Sheila Kane [2013] EWHC 268 and whether a homeowner is liable for damage to neighbouring property caused by the roots of trees on their property. More …

Leasehold enfranchisement – How to make the most of your leasehold property

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Changes to property law in the last fifty years have provided a number of options for tenants wanting to take control of their leasehold property from the landlord. More …

The perils of co-ownership

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Buying a property with someone else is an investment for the future. As with any investment, every purchaser should want to know who owns what when their investment is realised. That is dictated by how the property is held. More …

Squatters - The new law

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Squatting became a criminal offence on 1 September 2012 and already housing providers have been making use of this new remedy. More …

Buy together now and forever be prepared

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The number of couples buying property together, without marrying or planning to marry, is increasing each year. More …