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Caroline and the team provide a broad range of services, including site, portfolio or single acquisition and disposals, development, leasehold management work, together with all enfranchisement aspects both contentious and non contentious and re finance and banking work. Caroline advises investment funds, entrepreneurs, HNWIs, lenders, individual investors and developers. Caroline’s varied client base of on shore and overseas investors, appreciate her level of organisation, understanding of deals and successful outcomes.

Top tips when buying property

Whether you are relatively new to the UK property market or an experienced investor, you will be aware of the difficulties of buying a new home or investment property. Here are our top five tips to help you: 1.Finance arrangements Whether or not finance is needed, speak to a broker early on in a transaction …

Top tips when buying property

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Leasehold reform

The Law Commission has launched a consultation into the leasehold enfranchisement of houses and flats. Amongst the proposals are a unified procedure for both flats and houses which currently operate under separate regimes for claiming the freehold.  The proposed reforms would also remove the requirement for leaseholders to own a property for a minimum of …

Leasehold reform

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SDLT update

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has now become a highly complex area and requires careful consideration to ensure the rates and exclusions applied are correct. At first glance, it may appear that relief is available but on closer inspection of the scenario this may not be the case.   For example, where a property is over …

SDLT update

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Airbnb creates legal hazards

If you let property through Airbnb, you could be facing a legal minefield. Its rapid growth which provides an online platform for individuals to rent their homes or spare rooms short-term, has caused a stir across the world. But the law has not kept up with the technology, leading to a range of hazards for …

Airbnb creates legal hazards

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Letting agents fees banned by Government

The long awaited restriction on agent’s fees is one step closer with the recent introduction of draft legislation to ban the requirement for tenants to pay fees or other charges on top of rent and payments for services from third parties. The proposals could also limit the amount of tenancy deposits held by a landlord …

Letting agents fees banned by Government

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