All Property articles

  • Sterling notes and coins
    Event

    Webinar: AML update (28 April 2021)

    This webinar will give practical advice to prevent you and your firm falling victim to a money laundering scam.

  • Housedoors
    News

    Pilot plan to make property information available up front

    2021-03-24T14:15:00Z

    The Law Society is set to pilot plans to make key information for home buyers and sellers available at a much earlier stage in the conveyancing process.

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    Event

    National property law conference 2021 (5–7 October)

    Our 2021 national property law conference will be held virtually from Tuesday 5 October to Thursday 7 October.

  • housetax
    News

    Reminder: 2% surcharge on stamp duty for non-resident buyers

    2021-03-23T14:02:00Z

    From 1 April 2021, a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) surcharge comes into force for non-UK resident buyers. Philip Askew, member of our Property Section committee, reminds solicitors to stay alert

  • Student in library reading a book
    FAQ

    Library FAQ: extending or surrendering residential leases

    2021-03-17T14:51:00Z

    The Law Society Library explains where to find precedents for extending or surrendering residential leases.

  • Kate Andrews
    Analysis

    Commercial service charges – when are they reasonable?

    2021-03-17T13:59:00Z

    Kate Andrews looks at the case of Criterion Buildings Ltd v Mckinsey and Company Inc. United Kingdom and another [2021] EWHC 216 (Ch) concerning the apportionment of service charges by the landlord in relation to the Criterion Building at Piccadilly Circus.

  • houses-money-tax-600x400
    News

    Stamp duty tax full holiday extended to June 2021

    2021-03-10T10:27:00Z

    On 3 March 2021, the government announced plans to extend the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday, originally due to end on 31 March.

  • Tom Grogan-600x400
    Feature

    Dream machine

    2021-03-09T12:03:00Z

    Nick Kirby and Tom Grogan provide an overview of developments in commercial proptech, including around machine learning, diligence, and the Internet of Things

  • Stefano Lucatello-600x400
    Feature

    The rules of civility

    2021-03-09T12:03:00Z

    Stefano Lucatello provides a back-to-basics guide to some of the differences that apply in civil law jurisdictions, around purchasing property and making wills

  • Boundaries: man looking at blue sky through hole in brick wall
    Feature

    Leaps and boundaries

    2021-03-09T12:03:00Z

    There is anecdotal evidence that boundary disputes have been on the rise during the pandemic, as we all spend more time at home. Will Oakes looks at why these disputes are so common and how they can be resolved without court involvement 

  • Peter Rodd
    Feature

    Pushed for money

    2021-03-09T12:02:00Z

    Peter Rodd looks at three key areas of risk facing conveyancers today: push payment fraud, money laundering and additional enquiries

  • david-manda-600x400
    Feature

    Mine of information

    2021-03-09T12:02:00Z

    David Manda and Claire Acklam offer legal and practical advice on how mines and minerals rights may impact on or interfere with the development of land

  • Remote working meeting with dog and houseplants in the background
    Feature

    Remote control

    2021-03-09T12:01:00Z

    Lorraine Richardson considers some of the risks that remote working presents for conveyancing firms, and what they can do to mitigate them

  • Chris Pope
    Feature

    Better together

    2021-03-09T12:01:00Z

    Chris Pope outlines the next steps in HM Land Registry’s transformation programme, what improvements you should expect to see and how you can get involved

  • Kathryn Taylor
    Feature

    Help yourself

    2021-03-09T12:00:00Z

    The new Help to Buy scheme went live in December, and buyers under the previous scheme have until 31 May 2021 to legally complete their purchase. Kathryn Taylor outlines how the schemes differ, and the actions solicitors need to take

  • John Baguley
    Feature

    Fire safety update

    2021-03-09T11:58:00Z

    John Baguley , who oversaw the introduction of the EWS1 form and process, explains how the process works in practice, and what might change next around fire safety and cladding

  • SDLT: woman placing "sold" sign outside house
    Feature

    Fault lines

    2021-03-09T11:57:00Z

    Suzanne O’Hara looks at some of the common errors made in stamp duty land tax, and how these can be addressed

  • Richard Oliphant
    Feature

    Sign of things to come

    2021-03-09T11:57:00Z

    Richard Oliphant looks at how e-signing platforms like Adobe Sign and DocuSign will underpin HM Land Registry’s plans to digitalise conveyancing and land registration in England and Wales

  • Warren Gordon
    Opinion

    Hope for the best

    2021-03-09T11:43:00Z

    As the government announces a roadmap to lift England and Wales out of lockdown, Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at what the Section and the Law Society will focus on in the year ahead, from electronic signatures to ground rents

  • Silhouette of builders working on scaffolding
    Event

    Webinar: Construction update (29 March 2021)

    This webinar will give a recap of the impact of construction law on commercial property.