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When a property is purchased it usually has to be registered at HM Land Registry. The registration gives details on the title plan ofthe location of the property’s boundaries. In the majority of cases these boundaries are not fixed but give a general indication of where the boundary between properties lies. This can cause problems...
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When completing the Property Information Form during the process of selling a house, you are required to state whether or not the property is affected by Japanese knotweed. It is essential that you answer truthfully. If you answer untruthfully “no” or “don’t know” your buyer can come back to you and either rescind the contract...
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You’ve had an offer accepted on a property you want to buy so the only thing that matters now is getting to a completion date as quickly as possible, right? So how long will it take? This is a question that we are asked frequently.  If there is no chain involved, the time from initial...
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As we move into February, it may be the case that this year you want to make some alterations, extensions or improvements to your property that you originally aimed to do in 2016 but never got round to. The first thing to consider is whether your proposed development requires planning permission. For some simple residential...
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On 1 April 2016, the government increased the rates for Stamp Duty Land Tax for people buying an additional property. Most people thought that the higher rates only applied to those with a weekend or holiday home, or buy-to-let landlords. The reality is somewhat different, and the higher rates apply to far more people than...
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The Help to Buy ISA Scheme is available through certain banks and building societies and aims to help people trying to save a deposit for their first home. Through the Scheme, the Government will boost your Help to Buy ISA savings by 25%. This applies to savings in the first month of up to £1,200,...
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