Coal Mining and Other Optional Searches: Explained

Over the past few weeks we have looked at the searches mortgage lenders require when purchasing a property: the Local Authority search, Drainage and Water search, and Environmental search. In addition, there are other searches which you may wish to obtain to find out further information on a…


Environmental Searches: Explained

Following the series of articles on residential property searches, where we have already looked at Local Authority and Drainage and Water searches, the final compulsory search required by the majority of mortgage lenders is an Environmental Search. As indicated in its name, an Environmental Search…


Income Tax increases for buy to let landlords

Cherie Booth QC yesterday represented two landlords at a hearing where they were seeking permission to bring a judicial review application. The landlords wanted to prevent the government bringing in proposed tax changes in relation to buy to let properties. What is the current income tax position?…


Drainage and Water Searches: Explained

Following on from last week where we looked at the Local Authority Search, another search that will be carried out during the majority of purchase transactions is the Drainage and Water Search. The style of search will vary amongst search provider companies, however the extent of the enquiries made…


Local Authority Searches Explained

Last week we looked at the various compulsory and optional searches that can be undertaken when you are purchasing a property. The majority of mortgage lenders will require a Local Authority Search to be carried out on the property and your Solicitor will be able to advise on any issues indicated…


Conveyancing Searches Explained

When you purchase a house, your solicitor will carry out various searches on the property to check its surroundings, its location and anything which may affect the property which would not be normally apparent on physical inspection. This article will look into the main searches which solicitors…


Buying a Shared Ownership Home

Are you hoping to purchase a property but unable to commit to the whole purchase price? The Homes and Communities Agency Shared Ownership scheme offers the chance for you to buy a percentage share of your home and pay a reduced rent on the remaining share. You would also have the opportunity to buy…


Home Buying Costs | Levi Solicitors Leeds Wakefield Bradford Manchester London

The Cost of Buying a New Home

A new home is probably to be one of the most expensive purchases you will make during your lifetime. Besides the property itself, you will have likely heard of other costs you may incur. Whether you are a first time buyer, or you are just unsure about the costs of purchasing, here is our breakdown…