Right to Buy: Great Idea or Lousy Stripper of State Assets?

Is Right to Buy a good thing or should there be more social housing available?

In recent weeks, there have been rumblings from the government about introducing a new Right to Buy scheme to allow housing association tenants the right to buy their homes. The government say this would help counteract the issue of ‘generation rent’ and give millions of people the chance to get a hold on the property […]

Five Years of Newport Land and Law: a Funny Kind of Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a conveyancing solicitor named Anna Newport.  Anna had rather a lot of experience in conveyancing and was, as it happens, pretty darn good at her job. (If this was a traditional fairy tale, we’d probably also be saying something about appley cheeks and golden hair, but seeing as we […]

Could Things Finally be Looking Up for Leaseholders?

All things considered, it hasn’t been a very good few years for leaseholders. (And yes, one could argue that it hasn’t been a very good few years for anyone – perhaps with the exemption of Jeff Bezos and his billionaire space-contemporaries – but that’s not really the point of this post). The Grenfell tragedy in […]

Cheshire Brine

Looking to buy or sell a property in Cheshire? You may need to consider a Cheshire Brine Search when doing so as your ideal property may be subject to the repercussions of historical mining. Cheshire is a rich source of salt with a history of extensive mining and brine pumping. When these mines were abandoned […]

Restrictive covenants, Positive Covenants and How to Tell the Difference

Restrictive covenants – what were they thinking? If you are doing slightly damp January, like some of us here, you might have started staring wistfully at the gin aisle in Waitrose and wondering what possessed you to get involved in all this rule following? It’s not just the booze though.   For the sake of society there […]

When Stamp Duty Goes Bad: The Stuff You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

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We’re kicking off 2022 with a thrilling look at Stamp Duty Land Tax and all the pesky little technical details you didn’t know you needed to know. Think multi-dwelling relief, second property tax and additional levies for overseas buyers.  Still with us? Really? We’ll assume you’re either bonkers or desperate. Okay, okay. Jokes aside, sometimes […]

Commercial Property and VAT: why there IS a reason you might want to opt in

If you’re involved in the purchase of commercial property, this blog post may well be exactly what you’re looking for. If so, we recommend that you stick the kettle on, get yourself comfortable and prepare to be extremely well informed on the subject of opting into VAT. (Not involved in the purchase of commercial property? We recommend […]

Decluttering Your Junk Before a Move: Why Future You Will Thank You

There are a lot of fantastic things about moving to a new home: enjoying more space, exploring new surroundings, discovering things growing in a new garden, embracing a fresh opportunity to organise your stuff… There are a lot of awful things about moving to a new home: putting up with all the viewings, waiting through […]

What on Earth is Residential Abortive Transaction Insurance?

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It’s a fact of conveyancing life that not all transactions have a happy ending. Sometimes people change their minds. Occasionally surveys come back with horrifying results. From time to time someone comes along with a bigger pot of money and pinches a property from right under your nose. We look here at whether Residential Abortive […]