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Non-existent Freeholder – how d...

Non-existent Freeholder – how does it happen and what can you do?

Whilst the concept of unregistered Freehold land is possibly well known, though becoming far less frequent, what people are often surprised to hear is that you can even have a Freehold piece of land that appears to have no owner at all! This situation arises where a Company owned the Freehold title but was then […]

Absentee landlords – Playing hi...

Absentee landlords – Playing hide and seek?

Though it can seem quite strange for a property owner to ‘forget’ or ‘leave behind’ assets worth considerable sums, it can happen that when a Tenant seeks to extend their lease or groups of Tenants want to collectively purchase their Freehold, they cannot actually locate their Freeholder and would appear to have no means to […]

Government’s proposals for leas...

Government’s proposals for leasehold reform

What are the proposals? I recommend reading the full statement by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government but to focus on the parts relating to lease extensions, I have taken various quotes from the statement and added my thoughts: The proposed new length of a lease extension.  The government, confusingly, have expressed this […]

The 80 year threshold

The 80 year threshold

Many flat owners will be aware of the importance of extending their lease before it gets too short. Some might already be aware that they have a statutory right to extend their lease, so long as they have owned the flat for at least two years. By serving a notice on their freeholder, under Section […]

Notarising Spanish Powers of Attorney

One of the most frequent requests we receive is to notarise a Power of Attorney for use in Spain.  We are highly experienced in this field, having notarised hundreds of these types of documents.  These documents tend to be required when a person does any of the following in Spain, but will not actually be […]

May 2012 Land registry data analysed

The Land Registry price paid dataset for May 2012 has now been released, showing all transactions submitted to the Land Registry during that month. Once again, we’ve extracted the records for the IG8 Woodford Green postcode area and present the data below, in ascending order of transaction date.  The data includes transactions submitted during May, […]

What’s been selling in Woodford...

The Land Registry has released it’s “Price Paid Data” for April 2012, and we have carried out analysis of the data to isolate all those property transactions taking place in the Woodford Green IG8 postcode. We set out the transactions below, sorted by transaction date.  Please note that the transactions may have completed before April […]

Our membership of ALEP

Reflecting our increasing focus on Leasehold Enfranchisement work, we are delighted to announce we have been accepted for membership of ALEP – the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. The criteria for membership of ALEP includes providing evidence of substantial recent work in this area and two references from clients/professionals.  These criteria ensure that only professionals […]

Sorting out your short lease – ...

Many of our leaseholder clients do not think too much about the term of their lease until they find out they have a problem.  This can happen either when trying to sell their flat, or perhaps when re-mortgaging. Some mortgage lenders will not lend on leases with less than 70 years remaining, whilst some are […]

Interest rates remain low, buy-to-let...

Interest rates remain low, buy-to-lets grow

The Bank of England have announced the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee to keep the base rate at 0.5%, the same level since March 2009. Inflationary pressures led some commentators to speculate a rate rise may happen sooner rather than later, but an unexpected contraction in the economy for Q4 2010 appears to have […]