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 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Stamp Duty Land Tax
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was introduced on 1 December 2003 and replaced Stamp Duty in respect of land transactions. This factsheet sets out some of the basic things you need to know about the tax.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Buying Development Land and Making a Profit
As many as 25% of sites have major problems that mean they either cannot be developed or will not make a profit so getting an expert property development solicitor involved, before you purchase the land, is crucial to resolve potential problems or manage any risk. In order to make a profit from buying and developing land there are a number of important factors to take into account.
 
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In recent years, the stock market has had its ups and downs. Add to this the serious loss of public confidence in pension funds as a means of saving for the future and it is not surprising that investors have looked elsewhere.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Buying a Home Abroad
Buying a property abroad seems to be fast becoming a British obsession. The idea of owning a bolt-hole in the sun is not only viewed as a significant lifestyle choice, but also as an important investment to either bring in a regular income or provide a lump-sum nest egg to supplement retirement.
 
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Disputes over the position of a boundary or rights over a neighbouring property, are often impossible to resolve to the satisfaction of both parties, and in many residential cases the costs involved in litigating the matter are many times the value of the land involved.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Stopping a Developer in My Back Yard
You’ve found the perfect place to live. You’re happy there, and you don’t want to change, and then a developer comes along and wants to build a new estate (or worse) right next to your home. What can you do to stop it?
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Do I Need Planning Permission?
If you are considering carrying out work on your property, your office or another building that you own the first question to resolve is whether planning permission is needed. If work is done without permission then the ultimate sanction of the local planning authority would be to force you to demolish the building, at your own expense.
 
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The rapid increase in property prices over the last 15 years has led to a huge expansion in the number of home owning pensioners and retirees sitting on large value assets. This has paradoxically come at a time when many pension schemes are failing to deliver the promised returns, and the cost of living is spiralling ever upwards. This is giving rise to the phenomenon of an ‘asset rich, cash poor’ generation.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Encountering Problems with your Estate Agent
Moving house is a momentous - and at times stressful - life event, and many people looking to buy and sell property engage the services of an estate agent to help make the process run as smoothly as possible. Nevertheless, things don't always go according to plan. Buying and selling property represents a significant financial (and emotional) investment, so it is important to put in place measures to reduce the likelihood of any issues arising, and to know where to ...
 
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Listed buildings, and those buildings which stand within a conservation area, are covered by protective legislation. The law stipulates that before certain works or alterations are carried out on any such building, it is necessary to obtain the appropriate consent; failure to do this constitutes a criminal offence.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Considering Timeshare Agreements
Buying a timeshare involves procuring the right to spend a specified period of time in an overseas property, such as a studio apartment or villa within a holiday resort, on an annual basis.
 
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As a landlord, you may occasionally find that it is necessary to take action to recover possession of a property against your tenant(s). This factsheet sets out some of the points you should consider, and the action you need to take, when dealing with the sensitive issue of tenant evictions. The information provided is intended for guidance only, and relates to the law currently applying in England and Wales.
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Dealing with squatters or trespassers on your land or property
If you discover trespassers or squatters in your property or on your land you will need an order from the court in order to remove them. In cases where the trespasser does not dispute your entitlement to recover possession, the procedure will be straightforward for obtaining the order and recovering possession, but if the trespasser does dispute your entitlement there will be a full hearing before a judge. It is always a good idea to obtain advice when seeking to ...
 
 This document is locked, you will need to be registered and logon to view it(Locked) Sharing Property with the Elderly
Sharing a property with an elderly relative may seem to be the perfect answer to rising property prices, and concerns over care for the elderly, but people contemplating such an arrangement should be aware of the legal and practical problems which may arise. There are a number of different ways to share property, but an equal number of pitfalls, whether legal, financial or relating to tax.
 
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Many parents seeing their children struggle to buy a house – either through lack of capital for a deposit, or the inability to meet monthly mortgage payments – will want to help. There are many ways in which to offer help, but an equal number of pitfalls, whether legal, financial or relating to tax.
 
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Affordable housing is a general term to cover a variety of government sponsored schemes to help home buyers enter the housing market.
 

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