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Advice For First-Time Renters

Following the recent A-level results, many first-time students will be looking for last-minute accommodation as they head off to university. Parents can help guide the novice tenants through the process, but may themselves not be aware of how things have changed since their university days or first-time rentals. All too often, both parents and...

Converting Commercial Property Into Residential Housing

Commercial property development (where commercial buildings are transformed into residential units) is a growing business. An old factory bought for £250,000 and converted into 10 residential units, each valued at £150,000, could net a massive profit for the developer willing to invest in converting the building. With the government actively encouraging commercial-to-residential conversions, and...

Understanding freeholds and Leaseholds

Understanding Freeholds & Leaseholds

The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new-build properties, but in the meantime, as the spring housing market gets going, it is worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property. Increasing property prices and high population densities have seen a big rise in the number of leasehold properties across...

What does Intestate mean for you?

What does Intestate mean for you?

October 2014 saw the biggest changes in probate law’s history come into effect. While the overhaul meant no real difference to those with minimal assets, for the partners of those who died without making a will and who have more assets, it meant significant change. In the cases where a Will is involved, the...