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26 November 2021

Many people believe their affairs are ‘simple’ and so an online Will is appealing – they think it saves time, is a relatively inexpensive process and it is on your timescale.  However, it is doubtful whether this is a sensible approach if you wish to leave your family and loved ones in the best possible […]

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19 November 2021

Now that the possession procedure has reverted to the pre-COVID position, it is important to remind ourselves how to obtain possession of a property under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (the “Act”). What type of tenancy is in place? Firstly, it important to note that the Section 21 procedure will only be available […]

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12 November 2021

  Whilst the world has tried to adapt to an ever-changing landscape due to Covid-19 and lockdowns, one group that has taken full advantage of the pandemic is fraudsters. Unfortunately, the property and real estate market is a lucrative target. Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, many properties in England and Wales […]

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05 November 2021

Staying true to the old saying that there are only two certainties – death and taxes – it comes as no surprise that a new tax on residential property developers will be effective from 1st April 2022. The Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT) is effectively a new 4% corporation tax charge which is meant to […]

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29 October 2021

  The well-known soap star Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street for 30 years, sadly died on 28 February 2021 aged 85. This week, it was revealed that, prior to his death, Johnny had made a Will leaving nothing to his estranged daughter, Karen Briggs, aged 55. It is alleged that Karen […]

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22 October 2021

  With women making up close to half of the UK workforce and women over 50 now the fastest growing demographic in work, will the law catch up on the need to protect women experiencing symptoms of the menopause? Current statutory protection Menopausal symptoms can have a huge impact on an individual’s work life. The […]

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15 October 2021

What is ‘Service Charge’? There are significant costs involved with the maintenance and administration of any property development.  These costs are usually the landlord’s responsibility but the landlord recovers them from the tenants.  This charge to the tenants is known as service charge. The Service Charge Demand Disputes between landlords and tenants in respect of […]

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08 October 2021

  On 10 September 2021, the Government launched a public consultation on potentially wide-ranging reforms to UK data protection and privacy laws. When the UK left the EU, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “EU GDPR”) effectively became part of UK law. The European Commission then granted an ‘adequacy decision’ in relation the UK […]

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01 October 2021

  So, you have exchanged contracts and fixed a completion date – nearly there! Now what happens? What happens on the day of completion? On the day of completion, the funds are transferred to the seller or developer and, once received, the keys for the property are released. You are then able to move into […]

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24 September 2021

  Did you know that the average age of first-time buyers has increased to 35 (37 in London), with the average home price estimated to jump by 30% in the next 10 years? It is no surprise then that many first-time buyers are trying to get on the property ladder as soon as possible, especially […]

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22 September 2021

Inheritance tax (IHT) could be a ticking time bomb for many families, states Helen Beach, Partner in our Wealth and Estate Planning Team and Regional Director of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly).  Only the other week HM Revenue and Customs revealed IHT collections for April to July 2021 were £500 million higher than the same […]

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16 September 2021

So, you have reserved your dream home, spoken with a broker and instructed your solicitor. In this article, we give you our top tips on what you can do to make your property purchase more streamlined. Incentives If you have agreed an incentive/allowance with the developer, this will be noted on the CML form. This […]

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10 September 2021

  Between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2020, thousands of properties were bought using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme (HTB). However, from 1 April 2021, the scheme was only available to first-time buyers. Despite this change (together with the end of the stamp duty holiday, the impact of the pandemic, and the […]

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03 September 2021

  A Will is one of the most important documents we can all make for ourselves, irrespective of our circumstances. It is a document we hope we don’t have to think about until we are much older. However, it can do more than just making financial provision for your loved ones on your death. If […]

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27 August 2021

  What is a right to light? A right to light is a right to enjoy natural light that passes across another person’s land and then enters existing ‘apertures’ in adjoining buildings such as windows, skylights and other openings.  These rights may be mentioned in the property owner’s title deeds or they may be implied […]

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20 August 2021

  The residential real estate market has seen phenomenal activity over the last 18 months, with extreme ups and downs and not much in between.  So now, after the end of the race to meet the Stamp Duty holiday deadline, the vaccine programme and ‘Freedom Day’ moving us ever closer to a realistic normality, what […]

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13 August 2021

  Do you own a leasehold property?  Would you like to consider extending the lease or even purchasing the freehold?  At Bolt Burdon, we are specialists in this area and can guide you through the processes you need to follow to enable you to do this. Normally when you purchase a leasehold property, you will […]

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06 August 2021

  The general consensus is that everyone should review their Will at least every 5 years. However, there are life changing events which will mean a review outside of this timeframe becomes necessary. These include: marriage; divorce; a change in the law; and a change in your personal circumstances (e.g. the disposal of an asset, […]

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30 July 2021

  Following the promises of a ‘green Brexit’ we can finally expect the Environment Bill to become law in the next few months. The implementation of this environmental legislation will be significant, especially after all the delays caused by a general election and a global pandemic. The proposals in the Environment Bill that concern the […]

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23 July 2021

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) have long been an essential tool when it comes to planning for the future. Their very nature is to be forward facing, to prepare now for what may come later. It seems odd then, that a system which is so set on allowing us as individuals to safeguard our futures […]

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16 July 2021

On 6 July, the Government released details of a new approach to regulation designed to maximize the potential of the UK’s thriving digital economy. It is hoped this will be achieved by reducing ‘red-tape’ and simplifying policies, so that digital businesses can focus on innovation and growth. A copy of the plan can be accessed […]

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09 July 2021

  It’s fair to say that neither my crystal ball nor my magic wand have been very effective in recent months.  In fact, I think I have misplaced both… As the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday (who on earth described this as a ‘holiday’!) ends, albeit with taper relief in place until September, one […]

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02 July 2021

As the nation moves towards restriction-free living, we are starting to see the lasting effects of the global pandemic emerging in the workplace. A push for flexible working for all and increased awareness of employee mental wellbeing are two such examples. But how much do you know about “Long Covid” and how should you treat […]

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25 June 2021

A study carried out by Direct Line in 2019 showed that 1 in 4 of people in the UK would be willing to contest a loved one’s Will if they disagreed with the provisions made for them. The recent High Court case of Hughes v Pritchard & others was a challenge to a Will on […]

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18 June 2021

  The UK Government has announced an extension to the moratorium on commercial evictions, meaning landlords are unable to take action to recover possession of commercial property until 25 March 2022. The rationale for this is to allow landlords and tenants time to reach an agreement on any outstanding rent arrears which accrued during the […]

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11 June 2021

Making a gift to children or other relatives is a common tactic used to save inheritance tax (IHT). However, in some circumstances, this fails to have the desired effect and can lead to inheritance tax still being due or indeed a yearly income tax charge being payable by the person making the gift. In order […]

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04 June 2021

  The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the property market and the lockdowns have made us reflect on what’s important in a home.  With commuting becoming less important, there’s been a greater focus on the outside, green space and nature.  There has also been a migration from ‘city to seaside’ and this is […]

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28 May 2021

  In the recent case of Miles & Shearer v Shearer [2021] EWHC 1000 (Ch), a claim was brought against the estate of Anthony Shearer. Anthony’s estate was valued at £2.2 million. The claimants were Anthony’s two adult daughters, Juliet and Lauretta, who were aged 40 and 39 at the time of their claim. Juliet […]

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21 May 2021

If you are considering buying or selling a leasehold property with a short lease length, you should think about extending the lease at the same time.  A statutory lease extension enables you to extend the lease by an additional 90 years on top of the existing term. In order to qualify for a statutory lease […]

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14 May 2021

When it comes to buying and selling companies, the seller often starts with the upper hand. Because the seller already owns the company, it usually knows much more about the business than the buyer, and is in a much better position to know the company’s true value. So when the price is agreed in principle, […]

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