Can I renovate my tired residential leasehold property?

With the rising costs of moving, many opt to stay and renovate rather than sell.  There is however, a common misconception that if you own a leasehold property you have the right to install a new kitchen or knock down a wall to improve living space without anyone’s permission. Unfortunately that is not always the […]

COVID-19: how to make your house move happen

The UK government has now issued guidance to those buying or selling their home during the Covid-19 lockdown. This update clarifies what you can do now – whether you are considering buying or selling, already have an offer accepted or have already exchanged contracts and are waiting to complete your transaction. The key message, that we are […]

Rip-off leaseholds: the problem of onerous ground rents

Esther Millard, and Sara Abou-Jaoude and from Barlow Robbins solicitors, discuss the proposals contained in the Government’s consultation paper, “Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market”. Sara is a residential property solicitor and Esther specialises in professional negligence claims against solicitors. Esther: The consultation paper covers a range of leasehold-related issues. But the issue about which there has […]

Septic tanks a dirty word

When you are marvelling in the peace and tranquillity of having bought a home in the countryside, you are unlikely to find yourself in your new garden, enjoying the spring blossoms whilst considering the subject of sewage.  Although a dirty word, come 2020, ‘sewage’ will be at the forefront of the minds of most sellers […]