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Are house prices starting to slow?

Spencer Davis
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According to a BBC report The Halifax have stated the cost of a typical home is now £224,439. Between 2013 and 2018 detached and semi-detached homes increased in value by an average 39% whereas flats saw a bigger price gain with an average increase...

The MEES - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Charlotte Strutt
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As we have now entered into April, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards ('the Mees') have been brought into force by way of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/962). The broad effect of...

Environmental Impact Assessment Reports.

David Springett
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Will Brexit change things? The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 outline the requirement for developers to gather an assessment of potential significant effects on the environment relating to a proposed...

UK housing shortage - with more than 216,000 empty homes?

Spencer Davis
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In a report published by the BBC , 276 local councils stated there are more than 216,000 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more. The report also revealed 11,000 have been empty for 10 years or more. Durham had the most empty...

Health & Safety Breaches

Connor Williams
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Since February 2016, farming companies with a turnover of up to £2m who are found to have breached the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can expect to pay fines of up to £450,000. Larger businesses – with turnovers in excess of £50m...

DEVELOPING OPPORTUNITIES

Richard Jackson
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Did you know that national planning policy is changing ? The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently undertaken consultation on a proposed number of changes to planning policy and legislation designed to increase the availability of new...

Edward Worthy - The name to note for Agriculture & Estates

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We are very pleased to announce the firm has been recognised for its excellent knowledge and expertise in the area of agriculture and estates law in this year’s Legal 500.  Each year The Legal 500 analyses law firms around the globe to bring...

Seller vs Buyer - the importance of drafting relating to overage agreements

Keri Constantatou
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The recent decision by the High Court in the case of Sparks v Biden [2017] EWHC 1994 (Ch) goes to show the importance of thorough drafting particularly when it comes to overage agreements. The basis for the case was that the parties entered into an...

Conveyancing work remains busy post-Brexit

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Despite reports of a slowing economy post-Brexit, house selling and buying remains busy, according to a survey conducted by the Law Consultancy Network. In an article posted earlier this month the Halifax had reported 1% drop in house prices. However one...

Top 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Property

Spencer Davis
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Buying a house is exciting. However, with this excitement can often come stress – after all, there are a lot of vital considerations to be made.  If you’re just starting out on the property ladder, there’s even more to get your head...

Why we recommend a full structural survey in residential purchases

Spencer Davis
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A full structural survey is the most comprehensive type of building survey. A qualified surveyor will carry out a detailed structural survey of the property, examining all aspects of the building structure. Yet many people consider purchasing a property...

Record investment in UK commercial property markets

David Springett
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According to a recent article in  Property Wire  the next 12 months is set to be another year of strong returns for investors in the UK’s commercial property sector with investment volumes expected to be as strong as 2015 which was a record...