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Landlord complaints on the rise, charity Shelter says

The number of tenants complaining about their landlords has increased by 27% since 2008, according to housing charity Shelter.

A report by the BBC says that the charity sent freedom of information requests to 326 local authorities in July, and received responses from 310.

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What will the criminalisation of squatting cost?

The activity of squatting, or taking possession of an unoccupied building and living there without paying anything to the property owner, has long been a topic that divides opinion.

Some see it as a positive action, where the homeless make good use of unused living spaces. Others see it as a parasitic act that is akin to stealing.

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You’re blocking out the sun. Is this legal?

With land in short supply in our towns and cities, property developers and town planners are acutely aware of the need to construct high rise buildings – often on small, overlooked plots of land to make a development profitable.

Notwithstanding the struggle to secure development funding and all necessary planning consents which increases overall costs, developers are also being stung by claims that the construction of these high rise buildings are blocking out the natural light reaching neighbouring properties.

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A clean break – terminating leases

Given the on-going recession, tenants are increasingly looking to exercise break clauses in their leases to get out of occupying expensive premises.  Understandably, landlords are making it increasingly difficult for tenants to exercise these rights knowing too well that it could take many months to get a new tenant for their premises, probably at much lower rents.

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Kate Moss comes under fire over planned alterations to Grade II building

Kate Moss has clashed with her new neighbours in the North London suburb of Highgate over her plans to “pimp-up” her new Grade II listed home, which was once the home of the poet Samuel Taylor-Coleridge.

Her plans reportedly include converting the basement  of the £8m property into a state of the art gym, complete with steam room, and attaching satellite dishes and CCTV cameras to the exterior of the property. (more…)

Developer who bulldozed regency property without permission receives record fine

John Johnson has been fined £80,000, a UK record, for demolishing his 165-year-old regency villa in Twickenham, South-West London, without planning permission.

The investor razed the £1m property to the ground in January 2011. The property was in the sought-after Trafalgar Road Conservation Area and Mr Johnson needed to get special Conservation Area Consent to demolish the property. (more…)

Millionairess sues daughter for control of £3m house

Property millionaires Diana Lindsay, 85, is suing her daughter for the £3m home she brought for her in 1991 because she fears her daughter’s new husband will attempt gain control of the property.

The High Court in London warned both the women that “irreparable damage” may be caused to their relationship if the hearing continues. (more…)

Why is Stamp Duty a key topic in 2010?

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is a tax that is imposed by the Government on property and land transactions in the UK. It applies to the purchase of residential and non-residential properties, and to both freehold and leasehold properties. The rate of SDLT depends on the type of property involved in the transaction and its purchase price.

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What laws protect me from repossession?

The recent economic downturn has led an increase in the number of people unable to maintain their mortgage repayments on their homes. This has led to an increase in the number of home repossessions. Lenders have the right to repossess a home if you have defaulted on your mortgage repayments. (more…)

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If you are looking to buy or sell property, or you are a landlord or tenant, you will no doubt have many questions about UK property law. In our blog we discuss current issues in the news and media regarding UK property law, such as changes to the laws on stamp duty and home information packs (HIPs). We also address common questions asked by you, such as the benefits and dangers of DIY conveyancing, resolving property disputes, recovering a tenancy bond and common property disputes.

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