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Can flat-owners modernise or update their leases if they own their freehold?

Niki Adkins
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Leasehold Property Associate Niki Adkins looks at whether co-freeholders can modernise or update their leases. Niki discusses the benefits of lease moderniation and the steps involved in doing so.

Property Litigation Q&A September 2021: The need for a suitable AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement)

William Bartley
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Property Litigation specialist lawyer, Will Bartley, provides advice on why a suitable AST is required to be provided by the landlord at the start of the tenancy; discussing what this has meant for landlords and tenants.

A guide to stamp duty for First-Time Buyers

Julia Gaunt
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Do first-time buyers pay stamp duty? How much is stamp duty for first-time buyers? Conveyancing Solicitor Julia Gaunt provides a guide for First Time Buyers who may not know where they stand in regards to Stamp Duty.

Getting your commercial property ready for sale - a checklist

Oonagh McKinney
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There are some real advantages to putting in hand steps to prepare your property for sale even before it is put on the market. Commercial Property Partner Oonagh McKinney outlines some steps that can be taken to prepare your commercial property for sale.

The interim Part L uplift - Here's what you need to know

Hannah Martin
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Commercial Property Solicitor Hannah Martin looks at the upcoming interim Part L uplift, which intends to increase the energy efficiency standards. Hannah outlines when the uplift comes into force and details how to prepare for the changes.

Property Litigation Q&A August 2021: Residential lettings - Where are we now?

William Bartley
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Property Litigation specialist lawyer, Will Bartley, provides an update on how residential lettings have been impacted by the pandemic; what this has meant for landlords and tenants; and how this will evolve over the next few months.

Challenges and opportunities ahead in the commercial property market

Fiona Knight
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With the increase in consumers moving to online shopping and more and more people working from home as a result of the pandemic, there are inevitable challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of retail and office space.

Fiona Knight looks at the challenges and opportunities facing commercial landlords and tenants.

A guide to what's involved in the Informal Lease Extension process

Hannah Faith
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Hannah Faith, Leasehold Property Paralegal at Frettens, looks at the Informal Lease Extension route. She provides advice on contacting a freeholder, how to write an extension enquiry and what to look out for in the terms of extension.

My leaseholder asked for a lease extension: Advice for freeholders

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in our Leasehold Property team, provides advice for freeholders who have been asked for their lease to be extended. She looks at the steps involved in the statutory and non-statutory lease extension processes, outlining what freeholders need to do.

Aviva and Persimmon to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount

Niki Adkins
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Aviva and Persimmon have taken further steps to assist leaseholders, pledging to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount. Niki Adkins looks at the announcement and discusses whether other housing developers and freeholders will follow suit.

How do I sell my freehold? A guide to the process involved

Anne Albritton
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Freeholders may choose to sell their freehold, or could be forced to sell their freehold through a process called Collective Enfranchisement.

Anne Albritton details the steps involved in selling the freehold, providing advice for freeholders on what they need to adhere in the sale process.

Ban on commercial evictions extended to March 2022

William Bartley
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Yesterday, it was confirmed that the ban on commercial evictions is set to be extended. Landlord & Tenant lawyer Will Bartley looks at the extension, outlining the key dates and discussing the impact for commercial landlords and tenants.

How can parents protect the bank of mum and dad?

Michelle Petersen
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If nothing is done to protect the bank of mum and dad, there is no guarantee that monies will not be treated as a shared asset in divorce and split with the child’s partner.

Conveyancing Associate Michelle Petersen details the various ways in which parents can protect the bank of mum and dad.

BoMaD: How can parents help first-time buyers?

Michelle Petersen
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According to a recent study by Legal & General, over half of first-time buyers under 35 received a financial gift from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ (BOMAD).

In this article, Conveyancing Associate Michelle Petersen details the different ways in which parents can help their child buy their first home.

Commercial Tenancies and COVID legislation: What protections are set to come to an end?

Hannah Martin
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In this article, Commercial Property Solicitor Hannah Martin provides the dates for when the reliefs and protections for commercial tenancies are coming to an end, detailing what this means for landlords & tenants of commercial property.

Can I alter or improve my flat if I co-own the freehold?

Niki Adkins
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Leasehold Property Specialist Niki Adkins debunks the misconception that a freehold owner can do what they want; and discusses how a co-freeholder needs to use a licence to alter to make alterations to their property.

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