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New Build - Completion on Notice
New Build Completion on Notice represents the final lap on what can be a protracted conveyancing process accompanying when you buy an off plan (i.e. when you put down your reservation deposit, the home hasn't yet been built). But because building projects are notorious for overrunning, you might...
22/08/2019
Gas Boiler Installation - Do you need a building control certificate
In England and Wales all gas boiler installations, along with any other heat producing appliance like a fire, need to be registered at the Local Authority to meet with Building Regulations - it is illegal to install a boiler or a heating appliance into a property without a building regs...
21/08/2019
No Fensa Certificate for Windows - can you get one retrospectively?
Got a Fensa Certificate? Need to check? Need to get one? Click to Check with FENSA* *FENSA is a government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors.
It's not uncommon to...
21/08/2019
Upgrading the class of title of property (Land Registry)
Can you upgrade the class of title of your property? Why would you want to? Simply put, the higher the class of title your property has, the more rights you have over your property particularly when it comes to buying and selling and even resisting other claims to your rightful ownership....
19/08/2019
Help to Buy Loan Repayment
The Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme started in 2013, which means that from 2018 onward there are a number of home owners looking to repay their loan before their 5 year interest free period comes to an end - although the loan itself doesn't have to be repaid for 25 years or until you sell....
16/08/2019
Help to Buy Equity Loan
Looking for a great value Help to Buy Conveyancing Solicitors Quote? Let our experienced Help to Buy property solicitors complete all the legals for your Help to Buy purchase. Get a Help to Buy Conveyancing Quote* *Fixed Fee – No Sale No Fee – On...
15/08/2019
Absolute Title
Absolute Title - or Title Absolute - is the highest class of title of a property, of which there are technically seven in total, awarded and recorded by the Land Registry. 
What does title absolute actually mean in property? In simple English,...
14/08/2019
Certificate of Compliance
A Certificate of Compliance in conveyancing terms is sometimes - but not always - one of the items you have to pay for when you buy a leasehold You'll know if you're looking at buying a flat or have bought one before that there are various additional costs involved that you don't...
14/08/2019
Mortgage Early Repayment Charge
Most mortgage products include within their terms a Mortgage Early Repayment Charge (ERC) that is payable if you repay your mortgage within the early repayment charge period. The period of time normally ties into an incentive period such as a fixed rate of 2, 3 or 5 years so if you repay your...
13/08/2019
Getting a Lease Extension when there's a Head Lease involved
Getting a lease extension when there is a headlease – or head lease or intermediate lease – is involved is more complicated than if you as the leaseholder were directly dealing with the landlord/freeholder who owns your block but the good news is that the principles remain the same....
12/08/2019
Leaseholder dies: can I still get a lease extension?
If you find yourself in a situation when a fellow leaseholder dies, 'can I get a lease extension' is a question which might occur to you among all the other issues which are needing attention at a sensitive time. After all, your troubles would grow greatly if you found yourself homeless in this...
09/08/2019
What are my Options if my Freeholder goes Bankrupt?
In normal times your landlord/freeholder has various obligations to fulfil such as maintaining, repairing and providing insurance for the block your flat is one part of. But what if your freeholder goes bankrupt? Whether the freeholder/landlord is a company at risk of insolvency or an...
09/08/2019
Buying a home with septic tank
05/08/2019
Building Regulations
25/07/2019
What is a Mortgage Valuation?
05/06/2019
What is Subsidence?
20/05/2019
Steel Frame House
14/05/2019
Timber Frame Houses
06/05/2019
Japanese Knotweed Removal
13/03/2019
Japanese Knotweed Heat Map
07/03/2019
Asbestos Survey
22/02/2019
Concrete House
04/02/2019
What is a Load Bearing Wall?
03/01/2019
What type of survey do I need
21/11/2018
Shared Ownership Valuation
31/10/2018
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
23/10/2018
Property Survey Defects
27/07/2018
What is a Structural Engineer and When Do You Need One?
12/04/2018
Chimney Breast Removal
27/03/2018
Georgian Properties
07/02/2018
Off-Plan Homes: Do You Need a Snagging Survey?
07/02/2018
Does a Certified Electrician Need to Rewire a House?
10/01/2018
Thatched Roof Building Survey
29/12/2017
Property Valuation Survey
18/12/2017
Purpose Built Flats
22/11/2017
Cheap surveyors: the (false) economies of scale
17/11/2017