Adverse possession – does a fence matter?

Adverse possession – does a fence matter?

Adverse possession (commonly known as “squatter’s rights”) is continuously using land which is owned by someone else, as your own for a period of time, and then applying to be registered as the legal owner of the land. The land must be used exclusively by you without...
Renting out your flat via Airbnb

Renting out your flat via Airbnb

If you own a flat, it may be tempting to rent it out whilst you are on holiday or for longer, to earn some extra income. However, a recent court case held that renting a flat out on Airbnb breached the tenant’s lease. In the case of Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders...
How to set up a Residential Development Site

How to set up a Residential Development Site

So you’ve gone through the potentially lengthy process of acquiring a development site, addressing the ever-growing list of planning requirements, arranging new utility connections, battling against the English weather to meet your build schedule and are finally ready...
Implied Easement – Landmark Case

Implied Easement – Landmark Case

The Upper Tribunal decided in the recent case of Taurusbuilt Limited and Others v McQue and another (2019) UKUP 81 (LC), an easement can be implied as a term of a mortgage deed. The ruling is the first of its kind. Mr and Mrs Ward owned properties, 2 The Halls and...
Couple win case against land tax on property no.2

Couple win case against land tax on property no.2

Since April 2016, anyone who purchases a second home as a holiday home or an investment has to pay a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax at 3%. However, a recent Tribunal case in Bristol held that a couple were not liable to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax at the higher rate...
Changes to the code for completion by post

Changes to the code for completion by post

 On 1st May 2019 there will be changes implemented to the Law Society’s Code for Completion. The Code for Completion is a set of standard rules firms of Solicitors and Licensed Conveyancers used in the majority of sales and purchases of residential property...