Adopted and Unadopted Roads - Highways

When you purchase a property, there are a number of searches that your solicitor carries out. Adopted and unadopted roads are one of these searches. The Local Authority search will indicate whether the road that fronts your property is adopted by the Local Authority. You should be cautious of this…


Payment Diversion Fraud

In our recent blog, How to protect yourself from property and payment diversion fraud, we looked at the different ways in which criminals are scamming victims out of both their property and their money. In this blog, we will focus on Payment Diversion Fraud. This is where a criminal tricks a client…


Stamp Duty Holiday Update

9 July 2020 – Stamp duty tax update The Chancellor has announced a stamp duty holiday for property purchases up to £500,000 Below is a link to the Government’s guidance notes https://www.gov.uk/guidance/stamp-duty-land-tax-temporary-reduced-rates Reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will…


The ten steps to buying a home

Unless you are lucky enough to have won or been given money to buy a house outright. You will need to save for a deposit and borrow money. Saving for a deposit Buyers are usually required to provide a deposit of 5% of the price of the property being purchased. If you are saving for a deposit it is…