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Jennifer Smith

What is the stamp duty holiday and how will it work?

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Reports have emerged this week that Rishi Sunak will announce a temporary ‘stamp duty holiday’ in the autumn statement.

Buying and selling a home during coronavirus

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The property market seems to be moving very quickly since COVID-19 lockdown measures were eased.

However, many clients are wary of exchanging contracts for fear of what could happen if their sale or purchase were to be affected by coronavirus.

These concerns are amplified when a client’s sale forms part of a property chain.

Jennifer Smith, one of our bright, friendly lawyers in our conveyancing team, answers some of the most common questions she’s been receiving about buying or selling a home during coronavirus.

Owning a share of the freehold - why do I have to pay leasehold fees?

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A 'share of the freehold' is a phrase which appears countless times in sales particulars up and down the country. What does this mean? The usual leasehold relationship Most flats and apartments are leasehold,...

Will new house buying rules clamp down on gazumping?

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The government is reviewing house buying regulations, aiming to end time-wasting offers. Gazumping Gazumping, as it is known, is when when an offer has been accepted for the purchase of a property and the buyer proceeds with...

Buying a property at auction

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Buying property at an auction can be a fairly stress free way to buy a property - one of the main advantages is the straight forward approach to the sale. The traditional route to buying usually takes around twelve weeks from the day an offer is accepted...

Plans to ban leaseholds on new build houses

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It is widely being reported in the news today that leaseholds on new build houses could be banned, and ground rents dramatically reduced, under government plans which are subject to consultation. In February this year, we reported that reported that about...

How will the new Stamp Duty Land Tax changes affect you?

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The Government has announced that higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will come into effect from 1 April 2016. Higher rates will affect additional residential purchases such as buy to let properties and second homes which will be subject to an...