Article Category: Property – Insight & Opinion

Landowner’s Rights – Energy and Infrastructure

As a property lawyer specialising in agriculture, I’m regularly asked to advise clients on existing or proposed landowner’s rights for energy and communication providers. These rights fall into two main categories: Easements – the right of one landowner to make use of another nearby piece of land for the benefit of his own land Wayleave… Read more »

Japanese Knotweed: Advice when Buying a Property

What is Japanese knotweed? Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant which is known for its fast and vigorous growth pattern, in and above ground. Its roots can cause structural damage to nearby buildings, foundations and block drains if left untreated. Removal of the plant can also take several years to eradicate. Why is it a… Read more »

Covenant Consent: What is it and do I need it to extend a property?

When we are instructed to act for a client to sell their property there is sometimes confusion over what permissions are required for work that has been carried out on the property. One of the biggest misconceptions relates to covenant consent by a previous owner or the developer of a property. Many people believe that… Read more »

Ground rent concerns? Things to consider for tenants

There has been a lot of concern recently, in the media, with regards to the effect of clauses in people’s leases that relate to the payment of ground rent. I deal with leasehold flats and houses on a daily basis and I am increasingly noticing that a lot of leases carry onerous clauses that affect… Read more »

Change to HMO Licence criteria: what you need to know as a landlord

From 1st October 2018 the HMO Licence criteria will change. This will affect many landlords as they need to be aware of when a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) Licence is mandatory and the housing standard conditions within the licence. At present, a HMO Licence is required where: At least five tenants forming more than one… Read more »

How to extend your lease: the process from start to finish

The area of Lease Extensions is a rather complex area of law and not for the faint hearted, there are a variety of pitfalls such as locating the “Competent Landlord” in the first place, negotiating the terms of your extension and how to navigate the court’s involvement should an agreement not be reached. The following… Read more »

Stamp Duty changes in November are you impacted?

On 27th November 2018 the criteria for the “replacement of previous main residence” exemption from higher rates of Stamp Duty for purchases of additional residential property is changing. This is of particular relevance to anyone who owns residential property as investments or buy-to-let’s, has previously sold their main residence and is currently living in rented… Read more »

Selling Farmland For Redevelopment

Our Agricultural Law team are often approached by clients who are considering selling farmland for redevelopment or who have been approached by developers. Understandably there are lots of questions surrounding this topic. James Goddard, our Senior Property Associate who specialises in agricultural law, has answered a few of the frequently asked questions below to help… Read more »