Category: Property News

Warning to Shropshire Land Owners – Protect Your Property!

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Historically, all land in England and Wales was unregistered. Solicitors would transfer property from one owner to the other by amending and creating deeds by hand. Land owners retained a bundle of documents and title deeds to prove their ownership, if there was a lender involved they would retain the title deeds as security. As this system was risky due to loss and destruction of deeds the Land Registry was…

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Stamp Duty Changes

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  Proposed changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax rates applicable to second homes and buy-to-let properties have caused uncertainty in the property market as investors have rushed to buy properties before the new rates are set to come in on 1st April 2016. The revised rates were put forward by the Chancellor, George Osborn in his Autumn Statement and a consultation with property experts was begun on 28th December…

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Right to Rent: New Regime A Headache For Private Landlords

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With effect from 1st February 2016, private landlords must now carry out checks to see if prospective tenants have a “right to rent”. The checks are aimed at assessing the tenant’s immigration status and place an onerous burden on the landlord or letting agent with a maximum fine of £3,000.00 if you get it wrong. Landlords should now carry out the following checks: Check which adults will live at your…

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All Change For Residential Landlords

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The law relating to residential properties let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies is changing with effect from 1st October 2015. The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 come into force at the start of next month and residential Landlords will need to update themselves of the new law and procedures. The principal changes are: A Section 21 notice issued by a Landlord seeking possession of the property cannot…

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New Recruit Lynn Vowles Advises Foreign Property Owners To Make A Will

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It’s time to up-date your Will this Summer, says Solicitor Lynn Vowles. This Summer the European laws on succession (what happens to your property when you die) are due to change with the introduction on 17th August of the EU Succession Regulation (known as Brussels IV). This potentially will have a huge effect on those British citizens who own property abroad in the EU zone as the rights of succession…

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Autumn Statement Stamp Duty Changes

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  With effect from midnight on 3rd December 2014, a new regime will apply to Stamp Duty Land Tax. The changes, introduced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement mean that Stamp Duty at the applicable rate will only be payable on the amount by which the property purchase price exceeds the relevant threshold. This is great news for home buyers and will provide some stimulus for the housing market….

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Record Month For Our Property Department

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Bridgnorth solicitors andrews ritson have seen record figures for property deals concluded over the last month. The firm which has expanded it’s Conveyancing team this year has had a bumper month with property transactions totalling £15 million. Head of Property, Jonathan Ritson explained that the figure is the result of transactions across the spectrum including commercial leases, domestic conveyances and property acquisitions. “Our team have worked really hard to ensure…

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Flood Advice For Tenants

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Something that has caused much disruption and chaos over the last 12 months has been the extent and nature of the flooding that affected large parts of the country this winter, causing mass devastation to homes and businesses.  As the water levels go down  many are left with damaged and destroyed properties and for those in rented accommodation, it is a point of concern as to who is responsible. The…

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Landlords Beware!

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The Energy Act 2011 – act now! The Energy Act 2011 has set a deadline of no later than 6th April 2018 for new rules to come into force regarding the basis on which landlords can let both residential and commercial properties. The new rules will mean that landlords are unable to let properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of “E” or below. The impact of the new rules…

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New Agricultural and Renewable Energy Services

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Following our recent programme of recruitment and expansion, we are pleased to announce an additional service to the rural community around us. We can now offer a complete range of agricultural services, including renewables to our clients. Land owners are increasingly looking to diversify and we can offer a blanket service, in connection with local rural surveyors to ensure clients get the best advice and a quality service. “We are…

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