Real Estate Law Blog

22 March 2017

Why mining searches are advisable regardless of location: the property buyer’s modern day canary

It is not unusual for property buyers in the UK to find a reference to ground instability in the report on title prepared by their solicitor. Clay-rich soils, on which many UK cities and towns are founded, are prone to shrinking and swelling with changes in moisture content. This may cause significant structural damage to buildings and costs insurers hundreds of millions of pounds a year. Property owners are advised not to allow the ground to become too dry or too wet and not to plant or remove trees in the vicinity of their properties. 

Tanya Langridge

13 March 2017

Property owners are still using corporate envelopes - will they be demotiv-ATED by increased charges and inheritance tax?

Despite introducing annual taxes to deter homes being purchased by companies, it has been revealed that in 2015/16, around 5,720 residential property owners continue to pay Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) rather than register the home in their own name.

Emily Elliott

21 February 2017

At a loss about the 2016 changes to the JCT Design and Build Contract?

It has been five months since the publication of the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 (the “JCT DB 2016”).

Many of the amendments to the 2011 edition are form over substance with the objective being to make the JCT DB 2016 more user-friendly by using clearer and more consolidated drafting.  There are also more options for users, such as provision for a performance bond, parent company guarantee and sub-contractor third party rights.

Robert Read

20 February 2017

The Life and Soul of the Party Wall Act - top tips on how to maintain a good relationship with your neighbours

As London property prices continue to climb, home owners and developers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to extract additional value from every square foot. The traditionally favoured methods have been to extend out, or upwards, and statistics show such developments are still booming. In March 2015, City A.M reported that there were over 250 towers of 20-storeys or more going through the planning approval process in London. However, the latest trend in some of London’s most affluent neighbourhoods – where space is at a premium and both practical and planning hurdles prevent major development above – is going underground.

Jamie Russell

2 February 2017

Renting out your home or buy to let property on Airbnb could land you in hot water with your mortgage lender

Some of our recent articles have highlighted important issues that need to be considered when you list your home for rent on Airbnb. In this final part of our Airbnb trilogy, we cover what mortgage lenders think of the growing practice of using websites like Airbnb.

Angela Must

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