Over the last five years, consumers believe that almost a quarter (23%) of all home purchases or sales have fallen through due to delays caused by poor communication between lawyers lenders and estate agents, according to a survey by OnePoll, commissioned by the Conveyancing Association.
The results show that, for over half (52%) of those who have bought or sold a house since 2008, the transaction took longer than expected, with just under half (48%) saying the process involved unforeseen delays. Continue reading →
The Bill formed part of a programme of property law reform put forward by the Scottish Law Commission. This included the ending of feudal tenure in 2004 through the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc (Scotland) Act 2000.
- Converts ultra-long leases to ownership
- Protects landlords’ rights by providing for compensatory and additional payments.
- Moves away from an unnecessarily complex form of land tenure
Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson said:
"This Bill will simplify Scotland’s land tenure system. Ultra-long leases are so long that the tenant is, in effect, the owner in all but name. Clarifying the Continue reading →
The Council of Mortgage Lenders hopes the CQS will create a trusted conveyancing community that will deter fraud, recognise high-quality services for home-buyers and lenders, and deliver a robust assessment and monitoring procedure for the solicitors’ firms that are admitted.
The lender body supports a CQS that represents a credible means of driving up standards among conveyancers, and improving lender and consumer confidence.
Once the CQS achieves the Law Society’s goal of providing a "confidence boost" for the lender market, the CML expects the CQS to become a prerequisite for membership of lenders’ conveyancing panels.
A significant number of people in the UK live in otherwise empty buildings and many argue this an example of sustainable living and a solution to the problems of homelessness and vacant properties. A squatter is not committing a criminal offence by being in another person’s property without their permission. However they are subject to criminal charges if they commit offences such as damage or theft to or in that property.
If an owner attempts to use force in order to remove the squatters, they could be accused of a criminal act under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. Continue reading →
There are 20,000 planning appeals every year costing the planning system in the region of £30million. The service will help resolve issues, open up dialogue and reduce areas of disputes in a wide range of planning issues. It will also help smooth over disagreements surrounding section 106 agreements and compulsory purchase orders.
Director of the RICS dispute resolution service Martin Burns said: "This service will provide both parties in a dispute some relief from what is a costly procedure for the local authority and for the appellant. Currently, the planning system is clogged up with combative appeals which more often Continue reading →
This charge would often include insurance, lighting, cleaning and repairing of common parts, maybe gardening, the cost of estate staff as well as a possible contribution to a reserve fund and, of course, where the lease permits a management fee for the agent which might actually be a fraction of the total service charge and will usually include VAT.
Even with this clear in their minds, many lessees still question the management fee and how it is arrived at, often because individual lessees are not party to the contract that employs the managing agent.