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Why a Cohabitation Agreement is so important to unmarried couples

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no legal concept of "common law" spouse and the law relating to cohabiting couples is outdated. The law still does not recognise a living-together relationship outside of marriage or civil partnership.How does this affect your rights if you were to ever break up?According to the Office of National Statistic...
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Applying for Adverse Possession

Applying for Adverse Possession
To acquire a right to be registered as the owner of land through adverse possession you need to meet three conditions:   The 3 conditionsFactual possession of the land (control over who uses it e.g. putting up fencing around the boundaries);Necessary intention to possess the land (use of the land as an owner e.g. building on the land or mainta...
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Commercial Lease Heads of Terms: what to look out for?

Commercial Lease Heads of Terms: what to look out for?
By the time solicitors are instructed on behalf of a tenant in relation to a new commercial lease, heads of terms have often been agreed between the parties. However, this means that they have missed a vital chance to negotiate specific terms within the lease which may be to their advantage. By seeking professional legal advice BEFORE agreeing term...
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What is a Highway?

What is a Highway?
The definition of "What is a Highway" is a matter that comes up surprisingly often in relation to both residential conveyancing, land development and litigation matters. In the recent case of Barlow -v- Wigan Council [2019] EWHC 1546 (QB), the Court had to determine whether a pathway in a public park constituted a public highway under the Highways ...
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Buying or selling property at auction

Buying or selling property at auction
Buying a property at auction can be a great alternative to the standard sale and purchase procedure. It is much quicker, it isn't reliant on chains and, when done right, it can yield great results for both buyers and sellers. If you are looking to buy or sell at auction we've included some advice for first time buyers and sellers below. Remember th...
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Practical Completion in Construction Contracts and their affect on Agreements for Lease

Practical Completion in Construction Contracts and their affect on Agreements for Lease
Practical completion is generally the point at which an 'expert' will confirm that a building project is complete, except for minor defects that can be put right without undue interference to an occupier. An Agreement for Lease will rely on this date and problems often arise when deadlines are not met or the level of acceptable 'minor defects' is d...
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Commonhold Ownership - The Basics

Commonhold Ownership - The basics
All property in England and Wales is owned on either a freehold basis or a leasehold basis. Flats are almost universally sold as leasehold property. In 2002 commonhold was introduced to enable the freehold ownership of flats. However, since 2002 fewer than 20 commonholds have been created. So what exactly is it?Freehold is ownership that ...
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Rights Of Light And Development Of Land

Rights Of Light And Development Of Land
A right of light is the ability to enjoy the natural light that passes over land belonging to another, such as a neighbouring property, through the windows, sky lights and glass roofs in or on a property - often referred to as apertures. There is no automatic right to light but, if established, this right entitles a person to receive sufficient nat...
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Forfeiture of a Commercial Lease – Is It Right For Me?

Forfeiture of a Commercial Lease – Is It Right For Me?
If a tenant breaches the conditions of a commercial lease the landlord is entitled to take legal action against the tenant if the lease permits. Forfeiture is the ultimate remedy available – but which way? Peaceable re-entry or Court proceeding? ​Forfeiture meaning - What is forfeiture of a lease? Forfeiture is essentially the legal remedy whe...
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Holding the Seller and Buyer Each to Their Word – Exclusivity Agreements

Holding the Seller and Buyer Each to Their Word – Exclusivity Agreements
Have you tried to purchase a property and found yourself in a situation where you have been outbid or 'gazumped'?Or have you tried to sell a property, and found yourself in a situation where a purchaser pulls out during the transaction?The remedy to the above may be found in an exclusivity agreement between a seller and a buyer. Whilst this is not ...
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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Commercial Property

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Commercial Property
Energy used to power non-domestic buildings in the UK accounts for 12% of the country's carbon emissions. It represents one of many challenges our government faces if we are to meet our legally binding carbon targets in 2025 and 2030 under the Paris agreement or, further, the government's previously pledged (but not yet binding) target to reduce ou...
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What is Shared Ownership?

What is Shared Ownership?
Shared ownership is a government-backed scheme offered by housing associations which allows you to part-buy and part-rent your home. Read our simple Q&As all about shared ownership.If you can't quite afford the mortgage on 100% of a home, you can buy a percentage share of your chosen property (typically between 25% and 75%) and then rent the pa...
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Buy-To-Let Property Repairs - Who is Responsible?

Buy-To-Let Property Repairs - Who is Responsible?
Many people in the UK now own a property that they let out, but being a landlord brings legal responsibilities and you must make sure you know the rules. Our property law experts explain who is responsible for keeping a buy-to-let property in good repair.​​LANDLORDS' OBLIGATIONSIf you own and let out residential property on a short-term basis you a...
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How to get on the property ladder

How to Get on The Property Ladder
It has been well publicised that getting on the property ladder is becoming a more difficult proposition for first-time buyers as lenders abandon the standard model of 10% deposit and a mortgage. We take a look at some of the alternatives on the market for purchasing that elusive first property. ​SHARED OWNERSHIPShared ownership involves purchasing...
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