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Stamp Duty Land Tax: why it costs more to buy a second home

The introduction of a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for people who own more than one residential property has proved controversial as it has had some unexpected consequences.  Although aimed primarily at investors and second home owners it...

Dreaming of a holiday home? Sort out the legals before putting your feet up

Are you are dreaming of owning a property where you can get away from it all? Somewhere for weekend breaks, a few weeks in the summer or New Year with friends? A holiday home offers an ideal retreat, and also a potentially profitable investment opportunity. ...

Equity release, your questions answered

Record numbers of home owners are choosing to unlock the money tied up in their homes through equity release schemes.  The promise of access to cash without having to move is an attractive proposition but taking out money from your home to enjoy your...

The process of remortgaging and the role of your solicitor

The following table explains the role of your solicitor at each stage of remortgaging your home.  We hope this helps you to understand the process, and how our expert lawyers can support you at every step of the way.     You need to...

Defects in new build properties: your rights explained

One of the many advantages of buying a new build home is that everything should be in pristine condition.  Unfortunately, as many new build home owners are discovering, this is not always the case.  Indeed, according to a 2017 YouGov survey for the...

Attention Landlords, did you realise?

HMO LICENSING EXTENSIONS Changes were made in October 2018.  Previously a property was only classified as an HMO (and this needed a permit) if it was rented to five or more people from more than one household, was at least three storeys high, and had...

New Stamp Duty Rules Explained


Thinking of Buying a Short Lease Flat?

Buying a short-lease flat? If you are thinking of buying a flat, one of your first questions should be ‘is it leasehold or freehold?’ Most flats are leasehold.  This means that instead of owning the property outright, you only have the...

Buying a Property - Why you need a Survey.

House buyers tempted to skimp on a survey should think again. One in five buyers who did not bother with a survey later uncovered serious faults in their property, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Steve Taylor, residential...

Your guide to conveyancing searches

For most of us, buying a home is one of the largest investments we will make. To protect your investment, Steve Taylor property expert with Malcolm C Foy & Co in Doncaster will carry out several conveyancing searches to ensure that your new home holds...