Are you at risk if your property is unregistered?

Lucy McCallum Residential Property Associate Solicitor Stroud

There are two ways in which legal ownership of a property can be proved. Registered Property and Unregistered Property. What is the difference between registered and unregistered Property? Registered Property The Land Registry keeps a record of all registered property in England and Wales. The register includes all rights benefiting a property, who the legal […]

How will the changes in the Section 21 Notice affect you?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

A Nation of Renters Britain is fast becoming a nation of renters. Recent changes to the rental market have been dominating the news and creating new implications for tenants and landlords alike. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that households in the private rented sector in the UK has risen to 63%. This equates […]

What does my Conveyancer do?

Sue Taylor, Associate Conveyancer and Conveyancing Manager at WSP Solicitors Stroud

A typical house purchase will take approximately 6–10 weeks. Your Conveyancer’s job is to give you all the information you need to assist with the legal process. We will communicate with the other parties’ Conveyancer. As well as your lender, mortgage broker and estate agent on your behalf. We’ll keep everyone involved, updated. You may […]

Could you be liable to pay the higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax?

Amanda Ward, Dursley Conveyancer at WSP Solicitors

The higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax The higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable on purchases of a property, if at the time of purchasing, you already own one residential property. The higher rate begins at 3% and increases in accordance with the property value. If you are purchasing a […]

The Rentcharges “Scam” And How To Avoid It

Lucy McCallum Residential Property Associate Solicitor Stroud

What are rentcharges? In the UK a rentcharge is an annual sum paid by the owners of a freehold property to the owner of the rentcharge (the rentcharge owner), who needs have no other interest in the property. Rentcharges are not to be confused with Ground Rents, which mostly apply to leasehold properties. Rentcharges have […]

Gazumping and Time Wasters

Karmen Waldron Residential Conveyancing Director Gloucester

Gazumping; A nightmare for Buyers and Sellers Have you been involved in a property transaction where somebody withdraws at the last moment or the buyer accepts a higher offer when the conveyancing process has already begun? There is nothing more frustrating as often both time and expense will have been wasted. The house of your […]

Boundaries – where actually are they?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Physical boundaries are not always legal boundaries Often with property transactions purchasers assume the boundaries shown on plans attached to the Deeds or Registered Title show the actual boundaries that they can see in front of them. However it is often not that straightforward. The legal boundary isn’t a visible line on the ground. Assumptions […]

What do I need to do, and what’s involved with buying a home?

Moving House Conveyancers

What do I need to do to buy a house? We’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide to show you the key stages of buying a property.