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All posts by Caroline Vernon

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.

The death of a tenant may not mean the end of the tenancy

If you are a landlord or you are buying a property with a tenant, it is important to consider the issue of succession.  Where a tenant is protected by the Rent Act 1977, the landlord may well be burdened with a tenant for a number of years.  It is not uncommon for a buyer to …

The death of a tenant may not mean the end of the tenancy

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A reminder on ASTS

It’s important to remember when buying a property, subject to a tenant (an assured shorthold tenant (AST)) that the Right to Rent Regulations have been complied with.  These regulations require certain checks to be carried out by a landlord, before granting a tenancy. These include supplying an energy performance certificate, a gas safety certificate and …

A reminder on ASTS

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Energy efficiency costs capped for domestic lettings

Energy efficiency improvement costs for landlords with sub-standard properties will be capped under regulatory changes planned for 2019. Costs will be capped at £3,500 where third-party funding is unavailable or insufficient to cover improvements on a property with an energy rating below E – known as sub-standard. The existing minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) restricts …

Energy efficiency costs capped for domestic lettings

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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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