13 September 2010 by Louise Dawson

Permitted Development

In 2008 the rules on “permitted development” (changes to your home which do not require planning permission) changed. There was guidance issued at this point however this was aimed at planning professionals rather than householders.

In order to make the new guidelines easier to understand the government have issued new guidance specifically aimed at householders which can be viewed by clicking here The guidance is an explanation of the rules and includes diagrams for the most popular alterations including rear or side extensions (class A), additions or alterations to the roof (class B), re-roofing or the installation of roof lights (class C), the erection of a porch (class D), development within the curtilage of a dwelling house (class E).

The guide does not, however, cover all building projects and we would therefore still strongly advise you to contact the local authority planning department and building regulations department before making any changes to your home – building without planning permission and/or building regulations can be costly and in extreme circumstances may mean that the work done has to be removed. It can also make your property very difficult to sell. The guide also does not deal with listed buildings and planning permission is still required for any alterations to the interior or exterior of a listed building.

3 September 2010 by Sonal Ghelani

Certainty in respect of Public Rights of Way

The Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), which is only applicable to England and Wales, received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. The Act, amongst other things, improves the rights of way legislation.

10 September 2010 by

Rent, boy, o-boy!

'Rent' may be considered as a simple term but there are many types of rent payable under a lease, in fact rent need not be payable at all for the letting to be a lease, but I digress, and as a landlord or a tenant you need to consider the implications of the rent that you select.

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