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News and articles – Conveyancing — Buying and Selling Residential Property


May 2015

Development hindered by century-old covenant

Title deeds obviously need careful perusal before investing in property; however, one property developer came expensively unstuck due to a 100-year-old indenture which was invoked by objectors and stymied its house building plans.



Feb 2015

Angry property investors in ‘tracker’ mortgage test case

Buy-to-let property investors who were incensed when their ‘tracker’ mortgage rates were increased out of the blue have been told by a High Court judge that, had they read their contracts carefully, they would not have been surprised.



Feb 2015

Edwardian indenture put home in jeopardy

A householder ended up in a nightmarish cycle of litigation and under threat of losing his home after falling behind on the ‘trivial’ ground rent – just £2.75 a year – he was obliged to pay under the terms of a dusty Edwardian document.



Aug 2014

First timers in a rising market

“An Englishman’s home is his castle” is a phrase often used to describe the attitude to homeownership in the UK.  In Germany, only 50% of people own the house they live in but in the UK it is 70% and the ambition of most people is to be a home owner.  The Government encourage us to aspire to home ownership and over the years have introduced a number of items of legislation designed to “assist” First Time Buyers to enter the market.



Jun 2014

Fracking fears and the potential impact for property owners

There are prospective shale gas reserves underneath parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the recent Fracking debate has led many to ask what protection they have against unwanted mining operations.


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