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Gazumping & Gazundering - What Can Parties Do To Protect Themselves?

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There is no worse feeling than getting close to contracts being exchanged and one party withdrawing from the transaction leaving the other party without a buyer for their existing property or without the property they were planning on moving into. ...

Should I Act As A Guarantor for My Child's University Accommodation?

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It's coming up to that time of year when university accommodation is being looked at and terms agreed with landlords. We are often contacted by parents who have been asked to guarantee the tenancy agreement which is being signed. ...

How Can I Protect My Property From Fraudsters?

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We are all aware of the need to protect our identity and our online accounts but how many of us have taken steps to protect our property which, in most cases, is probably the most valuable asset we own. Fraudsters may try to...

Can I Make Money Out Of My Home By Renting It Out?

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With the increasing popularity of Airbnb and the ability to offer your home on the internet as an alternative to hotels, many of you may be wondering whether you can make money by letting your home when you are not there. In addition to the...

What Can I Do About My Neighbour's Tree?

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My neighbour’s tree is overhanging my garden - what can I do? It is very common for a tree belonging to a third party to grow and for the branches to overhang into your garden or for the roots to encroach under your land and cause an...

Residential Service Charges - What Should A Tenant Be Paying For?

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What Is A Service Charge? A service charge is a payment to the landlord or management company, traditionally to cover the costs incurred by the landlord in maintaining the structure of the building and any common areas and the...

Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide & How Landlords Need To Look After Their Tenants

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) came into force on 1 October 2015 and and had to be complied with immediately. Who Do The Regulations Apply To? The Regulations apply to landlords of...

Can I Use My Pension Fund To Buy A Commercial Property?

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Following the change in the lending policy of a number of national banks we have seen a rise in the number of people using their existing pension funds to acquire commercial property. This is done through a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)...