Residential Property

Selling Agricultural and Farming Land

How Goughs can help you to prepare for a smooth sale of your agricultural and farming land. Your farm will likely have been in your family for generations and will be seeped in family history. It is likely that many events, which will be relevant to the sale of the farm and/or parts of the farmland, will have taken place during that time.

Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday

Given the government announcement on 8th July 2020, we asked Head of Residential Property, Sarah Thomson to answer your questions.

Buying & Selling Property During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We had some great news earlier this week that allows us to proceed with buying and selling property, allowing the nation to start positively planning their futures again. However, we understand that there remain some concerns surrounding best practice in terms of contact with solicitor as well as allowing viewings of your property and visiting other properties.

Preparing Your Property For Sale

The most common delays we see are caused by two things, 1. Rent Charges, 2. Solar Panels. Get in touch with Goughs today to find out how we can help prevent delays to your future house sale.

Covid-19: The Top 10 Residential Property FAQ's

Following the lockdown announcement on 23rd March the government issued a statement on 25th March that “Home buyers and renters should, as far as possible, delay moving to a new house while emergency measures are in place to fight coronavirus.” ...

COVID-19 & Moving House During Lockdown

The Government’s latest guidance for home movers has been issued.

They advise that there is no need to withdraw from transactions but during this time of “stay at home” advice, we must all prioritise public health and the protection of ourselves and others.

Muddying The Waters - Riparian Rights And Responsibilities

A steadily flowing stream or babbling brook might seem appealing and attractive at first glance, but it is important to understand the rights and responsibilities you will be taking on, either as a landowner or tenant.  

We believe that moving home should be made easy, let us tell you how!

For most of us, buying a new property is one of the largest and most important investments of our lives, and can be one of the most stressful! At Goughs we understand the journey you are about to embark on and will do everything we can to ensure that your...

When it comes to moving home, get streets ahead, choose the high street.

We all use the Internet for so many different things, buying our groceries, shopping for clothes or even house hunting. But when you consider that buying your home is likely to be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime, you need to be certain to...

Do you own a flat? Have you considered extending your lease?

The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (“LRHUDA Act 1993”) provides leaseholders with the right to extend their lease term.  There are a few good reasons why you should consider extending your lease. Increase the...

Residential Property: What does 'completion' actually mean and what will happen on the day?

Congratulations! You have exchanged contracts; this means that a date for completion has been agreed between you and the seller (if you are purchasing) or between you and the buyer (if you are selling). The completion date has been inserted into the...

Community Infrastructure Levy update

Following our recent article on ‘Breach of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) provisions and the consequences’ the Planning Inspectorate recently upheld a Local Authority’s decision to charge CIL (a tax payable on new housing development)...

Buyer Beware: A cautionary tale for "off-plan" buyers.

Williams & Anor v Broadoak Finance Ltd & Ors [2018] A recent High Court decision provides a salutary lesson to new build purchasers. When a property developer became insolvent midway through a new development of 62 apartments, the administrators...

Good news for developers

High Court decision reinforces presumption in favour of sustainable development. Good news for developers from a High Court decision handed down in July.  Developers know that registration of land as a Town or Village Green (TVG) effectively kills...

A hindrance to development? - Undeveloped land can be listed as an Asset of Community Value despite use by trespassers

Banner Homes Limited v. (1) St Albans City and District Council and (2) Verulam Residents’ Association [2018] EWCA Civ 1187 A recent case before the Court of Appeal has set a worrying precedent for Developers who seek to acquire or already own...

Update: Breach of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) provisions and the consequences

Developers should take note of a recent Planning Inspectorate decision on triggering CIL liability. CIL is effectively a tax payable on new housing development to contribute towards investment in the local community (e.g. education and healthcare services)....

Conveyancing fraud - Who bears the burden?

The highly anticipated appeal decision in the case of Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya LLP regarding fraudulent property sellers was finally concluded this month, causing a mixed response from organisations and conveyancing professionals alike. Background The...

First time buyers' stamp duty relief

When was the relief introduced? In the Autumn Budget, a relief for first time buyers was announced in respect of Stamp Duty Land Tax. The relief applies to purchases from 22 nd November 2017 for residential properties up to £500,000.00. For the...

Leasehold Property - What exactly am I buying?

In England and Wales there are two types of property ownership; Freehold or Leasehold. Flats are leasehold properties as you do not own the land the flat is built on or the building your flat is in. Ownership of a flat usually relates to everything within...

The 'Bank of Mum and Dad'...

The Telegraph has recently advised that 34% of first time buyers receive money from their mum or dad or other family members towards their purchase. Legal and General has advised that last year over five billion was gifted or loaned by family members...

Fraud is on the increase, protect your property!

Fraud is on the increase; over the last few years fraudsters have become extremely clever, there is a rising number of incidences of fraudsters targeting properties. The Land Registry have stated that “ since 2009 they have successfully prevented...

How much does it really cost to buy?

Buying a house is probably one of, if not, the most expensive purchases you will make. However, have you considered all of the additional fees and expenses you will need to pay on top of the house price? We list below the additional fees and expenses you...

How could the higher SDLT rate affect you?

In April 2016 the Government introduced a higher rate of Stamp Duty on purchase of additional residential properties. We are now many months into this new scheme and there still seems to be a significant lack of awareness about this new policy which can have...

Fact or Fiction? Each home owner is responsible for maintaining the fence on the left-hand side, as you look at the property from the road.

This is FICTION. There is no general rule about whether you own the fence on the left or the fence on the right of your property. The truth of the matter is as follows: The first place to look to see which boundaries you own and are responsible for...

I am purchasing a property in a Conservation Area, will this affect my purchase?

What is a Conservation Area? A Conservation Area is an area  "of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". I am purchasing a property in a Conservation...
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