24 April 2019 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors
A group of MPs have tabled proposals for changes to the leasehold system in England and Wales which sees some homeowners saddled with high charges and leaves them unable to re-mortgage or sell their properties.
18 March 2019 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors
Landlords have been required to ensure that any residential property that they lease has an EPC rating of at least an E since 1 April 2018, unless they have registered that it is exempt on the National PRS Exemptions Register under the rules in the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regulations).
04 December 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors
The latest UK House Price Index, which is released every month, paints a diverse picture of the UK property market for August 2018. The number of property transactions completed in the UK in June 2018 was 21.5% lower when compared to June 2017. Similarly, the UK Residential Market Survey reveals that The Newly Agreed Sales net balance came in at -10% which represents the most negative reading on this metric for five months. However, after a sharp fall in activity at the end of last year, current sales trends are stabilising in London.
The UK Residential Market Survey explains that…
15 August 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors
Yorkshire Building Society has recently published research which indicates that many first time buyers are planning inaccurately for the costs of buying their first home, and urges first-time buyers to think and budget carefully to improve their chances of becoming homeowners.
21 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors
A local authority had acted unreasonably when it limited a landlord’s licence on his properties to only one year.
That was the decision of the Upper Tribunal in a case involving Waltham Forest London Borough Council.
The landlord owned several flats that were let to tenants. From April 2015, the local authority's area was designated as a selective licensing area. The landlord failed to apply for licences in time and was fined £10,000.
In September 2016, the authority granted him a licence for one year for his flats; normally they were granted until 2020.
It justified the reduced term…