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From 1st April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. These requirements will then apply to all private rented properties in England and... read more


On 1st April, the rules relating to Stamp Duty on property purchases change in Wales, as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) ceases to apply in Wales and a new Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is introduced.   LTT has a different set of rate bands from SDLT – for properties under £400,000 the amount of tax... read more


FIRE SAFETY – AND SERVICE CHARGES Following a tribunal decision, flat-owners in apartment blocks with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower are likely to have to pay the cost of essential improvements to the properties. Leaseholders in the “Fresh” building in Salford went to the tribunal to try and stop the freeholder from making them pay... read more

Living in a Conservation Area

Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place – in other words the features that make it unique and distinctive. Do you live in a conservation area? Find out if you live in a conservation area by contacting your local planning authority or checking its website. They will be able to tell... read more

Divorce Day

‘Divorce Day’ refers to the first Monday that everyone returns fully to work, a day when family lawyers reportedly receive an influx of enquiries from people wanting to separate. Many couples, particularly those with children, may not want to split up before Christmas, a time when families get together; many waiting until after this time... read more

Jewish Transgender Father wins Appeal

Judge hearing the matter must act as a ‘judicially reasonable parent’ The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in a case that brings to the fore the tension between, what it termed, deeply discriminatory practices in isolated communities and the broadminded outlook of the modern world. Firmly rejecting any notion that discrimination should prevail... read more

Attention First Time Buyers!

In the Budget on 22 November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for first time buyers. The relief will apply from 22 November 2017 to purchases of residential property for £500,000 or less, provided the purchaser intends to occupy the property as their only or main... read more

Home Buyers Consultation Underway

The Government has announced that it is gathering evidence on making the home buying process cheaper, faster and less stressful for buyers and sellers (of course, you could just instruct Latimer Lee). Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, said “We want to ensure that we address issues across the whole sector, from ways to tackle gazumping... read more

The Rise of The Digital Divorce

Married couples will soon be able to apply for a divorce online as part of a £1bn change to the justice system. The Ministry of Justice said the scheme, which was being tested at three sites in the UK, would be rolled out across the country to enable all uncontested divorces to be conducted using... read more

Burials at Home

Burials usually take place in purpose-designed cemeteries and churchyards, but there are some alternative burial options which can be considered. Wealthy families with large estates have, for centuries, built a mausoleum or burial chambers and vaults on their land, for the burial of a family member. According to Salford Council, the right to a private... read more