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Welsh Land Transaction Tax
Welsh Land Transaction Tax

As of 1 April 2018, land/property transactions in Wales are subject to Land Transaction Tax. The Welsh Revenue Authority deal with Land Transaction Tax. The amount of Welsh Land Transaction Tax...

Procedure for buying your first home
Procedure for buying your first home

Buying your first property can be a roller-coaster of emotions. You have saved hard for your deposit, possibly received confirmation of a mortgage in principle and now you have finally had an offer...

Surveys - What do you need to know?
Surveys - What do you need to know?

When buying a Property there are lots of aspects to consider, however, an important point which is often overlooked is having a Survey carried out. Purchasing a Property is one of the biggest...

What is Japanese Knotweed?
What is Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed was introduced to Britain by the Victorians who thought it would be a pretty addition to the herbaceous border, however, the plant can destroy foundations and crack buildings,...

Beware of the ‘Ransom Strips’
Beware of the ‘Ransom Strips’

A man’s castle may be his home but a siege mentality can seep in if someone else owns the drawbridge. What is a ransom strip? A ransom strip is quite simply a piece of land, no larger...

‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ – To gift, or, not to gift...
‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ – To gift, or, not to gift...

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have had to call upon the good will of our parents to ‘bail us out’….I know I certainly have at least once or twice in my younger years!...

Anti Money Laundering in 2018
Anti Money Laundering in 2018

As we head into the New Year with enthusiasm, and look forward to our yearly compliance testing, The Law Society has already begun drafting amendments to the AML regulations. The Risk and...

The Law Commission’s Programme of Reform
The Law Commission’s Programme of Reform

Following a consultation, the Law Commission has set out its plans for the next three years to explore areas of law which require reform including residential leasehold, chancel repair liability and...

Sinkholes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sinkholes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

What do buyers consider when buying a home? It is often:- is it affordable, is it big enough, is there a good school nearby, what are the transports links…? However, very few buyers will...

SDTL First Time Buyer’s Relief
SDTL First Time Buyer’s Relief

It was announced as part of the Autumn 2017 Budget, that as of 22 November 2017, first time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a residential property will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax...