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Ground rent, some important questions answered

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Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some homeowners becoming...

Stamp Duty Land Tax: why it costs more to buy a second home

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The introduction of a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for people who own more than one residential property has proved controversial as it has had some unexpected consequences. Although aimed primarily at investors and second home owners it...

Considerations when buying a heritage property

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When many of us think about heritage properties, we think of buildings associated with our architectural past: a castle, stately home or elegant Georgian townhouse perhaps. But new developments, such as barn and warehouse conversions, may also be heritage...

Moving with the times

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There is little more dispiriting than when a house purchase or sale falls through, especially if money has already been spent on surveys and searches and you had thought that you were on the home stretch. Such was the case with Mr & Mrs P, who were...

How to own your home - joint tenants or tenants in common?

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When property is purchased by two (or more) persons in joint names there are two ways in which the property can be held:- Joint tenants By this method the purchasers own the property jointly as a whole so that if one party predeceases the other, then...

Glossary of conveyancing terms

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A glossary of conveyancing terms: Absolute title This is one of the four classes of title that the Land Registry can give to freehold or leasehold land or property. This class proves without doubt who owns the land and is the most preferred class...

How to extend a lease on a flat or buy a share of the freehold

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If you live in a flat, the chances are you will have a lease. Extending the length of this or converting it to part-ownership of the freehold could greatly improve the future value of your property, as Jay Asghar explains.

Conveyancing quotes: what you need to know

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Getting a quote to deal with the legal side of buying a home or buy-to-let property can be a confusing process. Jay Asghar, residential property lawyer with Hancock Quins in Watford explains what to look out for to ensure you get the best deal.

Can my landlord evict me?

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Over a third of us live in rented homes and one fifth of those who rent do so from a private landlord. But what happens if your landlord wants their property back? Jay Asghar explains what to do when your landlord gives you notice to leave.

Pros and cons of remortgaging your home

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With the recent rise in interest rates, for the first time in 10 years, you may be thinking about shopping around for a better mortgage deal. Jay Asghar, residential property solicitor with Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford answers some of your questions about remortgaging your home.

How the risk of flooding could affect your house purchase

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If you are buying a house, it is a good idea to consider the risk of flooding at an early stage. Jay Asghar, residential property expert at Hancock Quins, looks at the implications of flood risk on property and how a conveyancer can help.

The Bank of Mum and Dad: top tips when lending money to your children

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If your children or grandchildren are struggling to get onto the property ladder you may have considered offering them money to help. If you have, you are not alone. According to a recent report by Legal and General, family and friends in the UK...

Efficient conveyancing service when helping clients to move home in Watford

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At Hancock Quins, our efficient conveyancing solicitors and lawyers love helping people to move home in Watford, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Here are some of the nice things our happy clients have to say about our fast conveyancing service,...

Good news for first time buyers in Watford: changes to stamp duty land tax.

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One of the biggest announcements from chancellor Phillip Hammond’s autumn budget was the immediate scrapping of stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers purchasing homes worth up to £300,000. This has come as welcome news to the UK property...

How to own property jointly

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With more people joining forces to get onto the property ladder, Jay Asghar explains the alternative ways to own property jointly. In English law, there are two main methods of joint ownership of land namely: joint...

Protect yourself against property fraud

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Property fraud can take the form of the property being mortgaged or sold without your knowledge and consent. There are certain measures you can take to try and protect yourself against property fraud. Anyone who owns a home, or is in the process...

Overage agreements

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If you are selling land, have you considered whether you would benefit from an overage agreement? A seller may consider an overage agreement for many reasons. Usually it is where the seller considers the land they are selling has...