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Problem Trees and Preservation Orders (2 November 2007)

Cases involving damage to a property caused by trees located on a neighbour’s land  Read more...

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Property Losses - Latest Developments (17 September 2007)

Two recent cases have dealt with different aspects of damage to property and have provided clarification of the approach the courts will take.  Read more...

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Right to Buy – Common Sense Prevails in Definition of Premises (3 September 2007)

The right of a tenant to buy his or her property (under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993) is now well known.
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Oral Agreement Gives Rise to Property Rights (16 July 2007)

It is a well-established principle of English law that contracts involving land must be made in writing. However, that is not to say that just because an agreement relating to land is not made in writing, it is unenforceable.  Read more...

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Site Waste Management Plans (3 July 2007)

The UK produces around 400 million tonnes of waste annually, of which approximately 72 million tonnes comes from construction sites. In an attempt to reduce this, the Government is introducing Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs), which are due to become a legal requirement for the construction industry in England and Wales by spring 2008.  Read more...

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Unaffordable Mortgage Leads to Intentional Homelessness (19 June 2007)

A council tenant who decided to buy a house but could not then keep up the repayments on the mortgage, leading in turn to the house being repossessed, was found to have made herself intentionally homeless.  Read more...

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Ancient Law Costs Landowners (16 June 2007)

A couple who fell foul of an old law applying to their property are faced with a bill for building repairs plus legal costs amounting to an estimated total of £400,000, following a reverse in the House of Lords.  Read more...

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HIPs to Go Live on (25 May 2007)

The Government has confirmed that Home Information Packs (HIPs) are to go live on 1 June 2007, following their trial in several regions throughout the country. After that date, anyone who puts a house or flat on the market will have to supply prospective purchasers with a HIP.  Read more...

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Commercial Property Law Specialist (12 April 2007)

Buying or leasing a commercial property today can become hassle free only when the buyer knows their property law well. Even they are not familiar with the latest news they need correct legal advice.   Read more...

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Buying Abroad – Take Care (8 April 2007)

Recently, the newspapers have once again been featuring the plight of British people who have bought foreign properties (this time in Spain) only to discover that there are defects in their title, the ramifications of which can be catastrophic for the owners as their dream of a place in the sun turns into a nightmare.  Read more...

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Empty Properties – Rating Change Approaches (29 March 2007)

It has for some years been a bit of an oddity that with the economy buoyant, quite generous reliefs from business rates have been available where commercial premises are unoccupied.  Read more...


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