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All landlords and tenants of domestic premises should be aware of a recent amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1995 that requires residential rented accommodation to be provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. The new Act comes into force on the 20th March 2019 and amends the Landlord and...
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Although many of the rules relating to consumer rights are based on EU directives, reassuringly, most are also enshrined in UK law. The standards required of goods, services, and digital content, and the remedies if they are breached, as consolidated in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, are a mix of EU and domestic provisions. On...
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The legal term for this is dying “intestate” because your estate (the assets that you own when you die) will be distributed in accordance with the laws of Intestacy. Intestacy may not be ideal for various reasons: 1.       Unmarried couples are not treated the same as a legal spouse 2.       Children will receive their inheritance...
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Hewitts are proud to be supporting Together 21, a project under the Pioneering Care Partnership, as our chosen charity for 2019. The project, based in Newton Aycliffe, started in April 2017 and provides support and education to children and families with Down Syndrome.  In fact, the project is the only organisation based in the north...
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Great news for the North East as Thirteen Housing Group announces plans to invest over £1 billion over the next five years into improving homes for existing customers as well as building new homes.  Some of these new homes will be available on the Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme. You can read more about...
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In February 2019 Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal have ordered a re-trial after hearing that she suffered four decades of controlling behaviour and humiliation at the hands of Richard Challen, her husband of 31 years. Mr Challen was killed in August 2010. Sally Challen, a...
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In claims for unfair dismissal brought before the Employment Tribunal, awards of damages made to successful claimants generally fall into two categories – a basic award and a compensatory award. The basic award is calculated by reference to a specific formula which is based on the employee’s level of pay, age and number of complete...
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Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse. It is a phenomenon that occurs specifically in the context of separated families where there is high conflict between the parents, the child is often caught in the middle of this conflict. The motivational factors include the following: 1.       Revenge 2.       Fear of losing the chid 3.      ...
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Direct Line Insurance has published research indicating a 6% increase in wills that were challenged in 2018. The Probate Registry has also revealed that applications to take out Probate were blocked on 8,159 times in the same period. From the research undertaken by Direct Line the indication is that 12.6 million people would be willing...
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Increasingly over the last year more and more people have been looking to benefit from an Empty Homes Grant. This is a Local Authority grant available where buyers who are purchasing properties which have been vacant for 6 months or more can received a £5000 grant provided that the property is occupied within 3 months...
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