Residential property news

Iris-Ann on Autumn 2017 Budget and Additional 3% SDLT

Iris-Ann Stapleton provides an Opinion piece in News on the Block about the effects of the Autumn 2017 Budget on higher rate SDLT charges. Click below to read more. Iris-Ann and her colleague in the leasehold enfranchisement department, Rebecca...

Government Announces Stamp Duty Land Tax Change on Certain Lease Extensions

Iris-Ann Stapleton provides an Opinion piece in News on the Block about the effects of the Autumn 2017 Budget on higher rate SDLT charges. Click below to read more. Iris-Ann and her colleague in the leasehold enfranchisement department, Rebecca...

Felicity Sergeant Interviewed in The New York Times On House Hunting in the Cotswolds

Felicity Sergeant has recently been interviewed by the New York Times on House Hunting in the Cotswolds. Click below to read more.   Felicity Sergeant is a partner in our Property department and she specialises in buying and selling...

Iris-Ann Stapleton looks at the procedure for lease extensions when buying and selling a short lease

Iris-Ann Stapleton provides a concise explanation of the process of statutory lease extensions when buying and selling a short lease in the Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Special Feature of News on the Block. If you are considering extending your...

Restrictive covenants and permitted development

Developers will be interested in two recent cases: In the first, the High Court held that if a residential basement involves engineering operations amounting to a "separate activity of substance", express planning permission from the local...

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today

“Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” - Benjamin Franklin If the flats in your building each benefit from a share in the company that holds the freehold, it is often said that the Property is "share of freehold"...

Residential service charges: who should consult subtenants?

Landlords of residential premises who are obliged to comply with the Consultation Requirements should take note of an important decision in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). This decision clarifies that superior landlords intending to carry out qualifying...

Landlord and tenant: reducing exposure to repairing obligations

A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

Tribunal Fees for Enfranchisement Matters

Fees for applications in respect of enfranchisement matters made to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal will be introduced later this month, a year on from when the Ministry of Justice proposed a new round of court fee rises. To date there have...

Housing and Planning Act 2016: implications for landlords and property agents

Landlords and property agents will be interested in the implications of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which introduces a range of planning and housing reforms. These include changes providing that: Rogue landlords and letting agents may be subject to...
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