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I have exchanged contracts on my sale/purchase, but the other party wants to call a halt because of Covid-19. What happens?

Posted on 01st May 2020 in Residential Property

Residential property contracts will be governed by the Law Society’s standard conditions of sale. These conditions do not include any provisions to expressly cover the event of a pandemic or epidemic, or otherwise the death or serious illness of a party.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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I was going to sell my house. Should I wait until all this is over?

Posted on 24th April 2020 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

While every transaction is different, it will generally take 2-3 months from the date a buyer is found to the buyer getting the keys, i.e. completion. Taking into account that lead-in time, there is logic in sellers still trying to get their house sales tied up now, and we continue to be instructed on new deals.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Support in the property market during Coronavirus

Posted on 27th March 2020 in Residential Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Moving house can be stressful at the best of times, but the current unsettled situation surrounding Coronavirus brings with it a set of new challenges and uncertainty.

Posted by

Vernon Clarke

Partner and Solicitor

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Adverse possession – an explanation of the reality behind ‘squatter’s rights’

Posted on 25th March 2020 in Residential Property

A concern for a property owner with vacant land and buildings is the possibility of third parties taking up residency on that land or within a building.

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Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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To Make Your Home Your Castle, Be Sure Who Owns the Drawbridge….

Posted on 19th April 2019 in Residential Property

The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new build properties, but in the meantime, as the Spring housing market gets into full swing, it’s worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property. 

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Guide to Buying a New Build Home

Posted on 11th April 2019 in Residential Property

Buying your home is probably the most expensive investment that you will ever make so it pays to get the right advice. As one of the oldest and largest firms in the South West, we aim to provide you with a swift and expert service at a competitive price.

Posted by

Jessica Betts

Paralegal

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Putting the kids first; how to minimise fallout from a family breakdown – a five step guide

Posted on 06th April 2019 in Residential Property

A child may feel torn between both parents or angry and one or both parents for the relationship breaking down. Every situation will be different and depend on the unique circumstances of the family unit, but it should be everyone’s concern that the children are protected from any animosity between the parents.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Adverse possession – the reality behind ‘squatter’s rights’

Posted on 16th March 2019 in Residential Property

A concern for a property owner with vacant land and buildings is the possibility of third parties taking up residency on that land or within a building. If a squatter is not removed quickly, they could acquire legal ownership by virtue of occupation for a period of time. This is known as ‘adverse possession’ or more commonly, ‘squatter’s rights’.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Purchase reservation agreements

Posted on 02nd February 2019 in Residential Property

Aside from being gazumped, one of the worst fears of a party to a property transaction is the other side getting cold feet and pulling out at the last moment without a good reason.

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Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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How a 999 Year Lease Could in Fact be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Posted on 22nd February 2018 in Residential Property

An assured shorthold tenancy (“AST”) is traditionally used by buy-to-let landlords when granting a tenancy of a residential property and will commonly be for a period of between six to twelve months.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor