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Levi Solicitors LLP Conveyancing – COVID-19 Guidance

*Updated 17 November 2020* In order to comply with current Government guidance and to exercise recommended practice to protect our staff and our clients from COVID-19, we have now closed our offices to the public and for the time being our staff are working from home where possible. Whilst calls…


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New build conveyancing for first-time buyers

A step-by-step guide Purchasing a new build property can be a whirlwind of emotions, least of all if you are first-time buyers. From mortgages and buyer initiatives to conveyancing and stamp duty, there’s a lot to consider. But don’t panic, we’ve put together a list of a key steps below: 1. Your…


what is conveyancing

An ABC of conveyancing

Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner looking to sell, you will need to go through the process of conveyancing. But what does it all mean and why do you need it? Our easy-to-understand guide has all the answers for you. What does conveyancing mean? Put simply, conveyancing…


moving home

Moving home during the Coronavirus pandemic

Moving home under normal circumstances can be one of the most stressful and hectic times. However, the current Coronavirus pandemic makes moving home much harder. We, understandably, receive several questions about moving home during the pandemic each day. To provide some much-needed clarification,…


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…


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Buying a house with friends - Frequently Asked Questions

This week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about buying a house with friends. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. How many people can become owners of a single property? What rights do they have? Up to four people. They…


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Short-term lets and AirBnB

It is becoming increasingly common for owners and occupants of flats in city centres to try to maximise the financial use of those flats by letting them out to short term guests via websites such as AirBnB. The money that can be made, coupled with the protections provided by AirBnB, are often…


leasehold property

Buying a leasehold property: Our top tips

Buying a leasehold property is quite different to buying a freehold property. There are a number of things to consider, so here are our top tips. Leasehold v Freehold Firstly, its important to understand what a leasehold property actually is. A leasehold property is a home that’s owned for a fixed…


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Help to Buy equity loan scheme: A helping hand onto the property ladder

Are you thinking of getting a foot on the property ladder or wanting to ‘upgrade’ your present home? If so, the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme may be just what you need to help achieve your dream home. Unfortunately, however, the Government has stated that intends to stop the scheme in…


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Joint property ownership

Joint tenants v tenants in common When you buy a property with another person or people, you can either buy as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. It is important to consider both options to decide which is the most suitable for your circumstances. Clients often ask us…