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  • Posted on October 17, 2019 by Admin
    With the new university year beginning, there are opportunities for landlords to rent out rooms individually. The biggest advantage of renting rooms to students is that there is a consistent, strong demand for accommodation, depending on where you buy of course. In today’s market, students are not the only tenants looking to house-share. According to Ideal Flatmate, the average age of a room-share tenant is now 30 years’ old.[1] Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are the second largest tenure in the UK; there are about 4.5 million HMO households in England.[2]

  • Posted on October 10, 2019 by Admin
    Buying your first property can be both daunting and exciting. Before you start looking for a home you need to research the property market, gather information about your personal finances, and seek meaningful, professional advice. It’s a large financial commitment and as a first-time buyer you’re probably brimming with questions.
    Posted in: Conveyancing
  • Posted on October 3, 2019 by Admin
    Do you dream of spending this Christmas in a new property? With three months to go, there’s still time to make it a reality. The last working day you can complete a sale and move is Friday, 20 December.

  • Posted on September 18, 2019 by Admin
    If you have been injured and somebody else is fully or partly to blame, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Personal injury claims cover physical injuries, illness and psychological disorders. As far as possible, compensation can help you to rebuild your life to the quality it was before the accident. Sustaining an injury as a result of another person’s negligence is hard to bear and compensation is a way of correcting that wrongdoing and suffering.
    Posted in: Personal Injury
  • Posted on August 22, 2019 by Admin
    A person who occupies land belonging to someone else without permission (that is, without a formal licence, lease or without verbal consent) is known as a squatter. If certain conditions are met, a squatter can actually become the lawful owner of land. If you’re a property owner, particularly if you own lots of land or if it’s not your usual place of residence, it would be wise to know what rights squatters have and how you can keep ownership of your land.
  • Posted on August 15, 2019 by Admin
    Anyone familiar with BBC One’s Heir Hunters programme will know about the otherwise relatively unknown and niche industry of probate genealogy research. When someone passes away, they leave behind an estate; it’s necessary to distribute that estate to the rightful heirs, known as beneficiaries. As the programme highlights, it’s not always easy to identify who should benefit from the estate or, if the beneficiary is known, to locate their whereabouts.
  • Posted on June 26, 2019 by Admin
    You may have only just finished getting rid of those last, stubborn granules of sand that pocketed themselves from your last summer holiday (where do they keep coming from?), but that time of the year is nearly upon us again. Just a few more weeks and school will be out, which can be terribly exciting for kids, but can be enough to make parents order double-shot espressos – when they don’t even drink coffee. And, if you’re divorced, the summer holidays can be enough to tip you into caffeine-addiction territory.
    Posted in: Family law
  • Posted on June 20, 2019 by Admin
    Pride celebrations are taking place across the UK during June and July, marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place in New York on 28 June 1969. These riots served as a momentous catalyst for the gay rights movement globally. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community joined forces with those supportive of the movement in the cisgender community to combat unfair and discriminatory laws, which prevented the queer community from socialising and expressing themselves without worry or fear of reprimand.

    Amongst the areas of change stemming from years of activism in this area are the maternity and paternity rights of same-sex couples. Choosing to start your own family should be a time of excitement as you embark on this new chapter together. To help make this time of your life as smooth as it can be (we can’t promise we’ll help with the night-time feeds or nappy changes!), we outline what your rights are.
    Posted in: Employment law
  • Posted on June 6, 2019 by Admin
    While you were probably out enjoying the first day of summer on Saturday, the Tenant Fee Act 2019 (‘the Act’) came into force. The Act functions to crack down on unexpected fees from landlords and letting agents, and will impose hefty fines on anyone who fails to comply.

    If you’re currently renting, or you’ve been thinking about entering into a tenancy agreement, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Some charges beyond your rent will still apply, but a lot more financial protections are now in place for tenants. Below QualitySolicitors looks at who is affected, what exactly the Act means, and what further implications there are for end of tenancy evictions.
  • Posted on March 11, 2019 by Admin
    Fraud is becoming an increasingly significant issue and is now one of the most commonly experienced crimes in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics’ crime survey, there was an estimated 3.3 million cases of fraud in the year ending June 2018[1]. This high figure captures a broad range of fraud offences, including lower-harm cases. But fraud can have very significant impacts, particularly as the value of the scam increases. Property fraud is a real threat that buyers, sellers and solicitors need to be aware of to help ward-off would-be fraudsters.

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