Property Blog: Estate Rent Charges

Property Blog: Estate Rent Charges

Estate rent charges are often a source of confusion for home buyers. So why do they exist?There was a time when local authorities would take on responsibility for maintaining things like roads and green areas after an estate was built. Since the 1970s, they have...
Joint Property Ownership Options

Joint Property Ownership Options

When you buy a property jointly you need to decide how you will hold the legal title.  There are two ways in which to do this:Firstly, Joint TenantsIf you opt to hold the property under a joint tenancy, the legal title to the property is held in the names of both of...
Stamp Duty Holiday Extension

Stamp Duty Holiday Extension

Today’s Budget announcement has included the announcement that the Stamp Duty holiday has been extended to 30th June 2021.  This is an additional 3 months from the original proposed end date of 31st March 2021.This means that there will be NO SDLT to pay if...
Changes to Stamp Duty: Non-UK Resident Surcharge

Changes to Stamp Duty: Non-UK Resident Surcharge

The introduction of the non-UK resident surcharge means that, for the first time from 1st April 2021, solicitors will have to consider the concept of residence for clients which means they will need to obtain more information when filling out an SDLT return form. The...
New Help to Buy scheme is open for applications

New Help to Buy scheme is open for applications

The government’s new Help to Buy scheme, which will replace the current Help to Buy scheme, will come into place from 1 April 2021 and run until March 2023.  The new scheme introduces property price caps and is restricted to first-time buyers only, supporting people...