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Where does it all go wrong with leaseholds?

So you’ve completed on your flat purchase – and then what? Where can it all go wrong. Typically once you have completed your flat purchase, you move in, file away any papers received from your solicitor, and carry on with ... Read more

Land Registry poised for sell-off

Land Registry likely to be privatised by 2017 The government have announced that they are (again) consulting on the sale of the Land Registry with a view to it being in private ownership as early as next year. The system of ... Read more

The budget and SDLT changes

Increases to commercial property rates The announcement in the budget that non-residential rates would rise from midnight caught most people unaware.  There was never a particular reason for the disparity between the "slice" system for residential property and the "slab" ... Read more

Buy to let landlords – under attack?

This article was originally published in Wimbledon Time & Leisure in February 2016.   Buy to let landlords - under attack? Around 40% of the housing stock in Merton is rented rather than owned, with around half of that being rented from ... Read more

SDLT “Additional Residential Property” Consultation

SDLT "Additional Property" Consultation Many readers will be aware of the changes that were announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement regarding higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for purchasers of "additional properties". In short, the purchase of any new buy-to-let ... Read more

Stamp Duty Land Tax – A new “additional property” rate from 1 April 2016

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement it was today announced that a surcharge of 3% would be introduced on all of the SDLT rates for buy-to-let properties and for second homes. The Chancellor believes that the new surcharge will raise £1 billion ... Read more
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