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Habitable Homes

April 02, 2019 | Residential Property

New legislation aiming to improve the standard of domestic rented accommodation came into force on 20 March 2019. The snappily titled Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the Act) applies to social and private rented accommodation in England. The Act requires landlords to ensure that at the beginning of and throughout a tenancy, the(Read more)

Court of Appeal holds Landlord liable for injury caused by defective inspection cover

March 12, 2019 | Residential Property

So; you rent a property and the terms of the lease dictate that the landlord is obliged to repair the structure and exterior of the premises. While mowing the lawn you fall through a badly corroded inspection cover injuring yourself. Is the landlord liable for your injury and associated losses? Equally as a landlord are(Read more)

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended for 2019

February 12, 2019 | Residential Property

What is the Scheme? This is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) Scheme designed to help regular armed forces personnel onto the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment(Read more)

Conveyancing Costs

December 06, 2018 | Residential Property

    RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING   OUR TEAM Our team has over 80 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to residential conveyancing. We have five members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Stephen Ewens,(Read more)

A Knotty Topic

July 10, 2018 | Residential Property

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in favour of two homeowners in a legal battle relating to Japanese Knotweed. The homeowners owned adjoining semi-detached bungalows in South Wales. Japanese Knotweed, notorious for its fast ferocious growth and ability to grow between slabs of concrete, was present on nearby land owned by Network Rail.(Read more)

UK House Price Growth Slows

April 19, 2018 | Residential Property

According to Britain’s largest lender, Halifax, house prices in the UK grew by 0.4% in February 2018 after two consecutive monthly falls. This marginal growth brings the average house price in the UK to £224,353, slightly down from November 2017 high of £226,408. Measured on an annual basis prices in the three months to February(Read more)

Government Reveal Energy Improvement Strategy

October 20, 2017 | Residential Property

    On 12 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The Clean Growth Strategy aims to achieve a 57% reduction in CO2 from 1990 levels. With 13% of UK emissions coming from homes, this is clearly a focal area for the Government.    (Read more)

Insurers Predict Increased Losses Due to More Frequent Wind Storms

July 12, 2017 | Residential Property

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned that an increase in global temperature, widely believed to cause more wind storms, may lead to an increase of insurance losses of up to 25% in certain parts of the country. While flooding is another factor widely linked with global warming, the ABI says that wind damage(Read more)

UK House Prices Fell in June

July 10, 2017 | Residential Property

According to Britain’s largest lender, Halifax, house prices across the UK fell by 1% in June, the largest monthly fall since January 2017. The reduction brings the average house price in the UK down to £128,930. Measured on an annual basis, the growth in house prices eased from 3.3% in May 2017 (compared with 4.1%(Read more)

March 2017 Sees Slight Increase in UK House Prices

May 26, 2017 | Residential Property

The latest UK House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 4.1% which takes the average property value to £215,847. However, when viewed on a monthly basis, house prices have fallen by 0.6% since February 2017 when the average price of a UK property was £217,502 (an annual price change of 5.8%). March data(Read more)