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Considerations when buying a heritage property

Jehangir Asghar
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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...

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

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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?

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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

Jehangir Asghar
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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...

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

Jehangir Asghar
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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...

A guide to tenancy deposit schemes

Tony Irving
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If you are about to move into new rented accommodation, make sure that your deposit is properly protected.

How to own property jointly

Jehangir Asghar
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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 tenancy; and tenancy in...

Protect yourself against property fraud

Jehangir Asghar
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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...