Accidental Landlord Covid-19 Q&A

The Government hurriedly introduced legislation to protect tenants during the current Covid-19 crisis, and these changes came into force from March 26, 2020 and will apply to most types of tenancy. Press coverage has largely focused on renters. But what if you are a buy-to-let or accidental landlord, or own a holiday home which you […]

Advice for landlords and tenants during the Covid-19 crisis

The Government published ‘Covid-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities’ on 28 March 2020. This guidance gives details of measures to help renters during the coronavirus crisis. It clarifies the proposals the Government announced previously for a temporary ban on evictions. Eve Crampsie of our property team reports. The measures could give […]

Homebuyers ‘duped’ over leasehold contracts

An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found home buyers have been tricked into signing up to costly and unfair leasehold contracts by house developers, writes Alex Riley, KWW’s specialist leasehold solicitor. The CMA inquiry took place after complaints from customers who had bought new build leasehold homes not realising they could […]

Gazundering, what it is and how to avoid it

A recent survey found over 40 per cent of all sellers are concerned about gazundering, a practice which tends to increase in a flat or falling property market. Here, Sarah Trickey, head of residential conveyancing at KWW, looks at the problem and offers some advice on how to ensure you sell your home at the […]

Running a business from home

More and more people are opting to start their own business or to join the gig economy, and the past decade has seen a 74% rise in the number of people working from home. Running a business from home can give you flexibility and make for a good work-life balance. It can also be an […]

The country life – how to plan for a smooth escape

For the first time on record, the average age of someone moving to the countryside is now under 40. More of us, it seems, are cashing in on our city homes and using the sale proceeds to buy somewhere with more space and a greater sense of community. However, if you want to swap the […]

The House Purchasing Process

So you’ve made an offer on a place and it has been accepted. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling on legally transferring the ownership to you. Anjum Khaliq of our conveyancing team sets out the process… Purchase PackThe purchase pack is the initial documentation, containing terms and conditions and the client information questionnaire. […]

Indemnity policies explained

If you’re selling a property, you may find the buyer’s solicitors and the mortgage lenders insist on an indemnity policy being in place before the sale can go ahead. If you’re buying a property, your conveyancing solicitor may advise that a policy should be purchased before you proceed. In this article, property specialist Eve Crampsie […]

Help To Buy: Everything you need to know

The Help to Buy scheme was originally introduced in April 2013. Since then, it has helped nearly 170,000 households onto the property ladder. However, as with any such scheme, over time a few issues have started to emerge which buyers need to be aware of. Here, Sarah Trickey, our head of Residential Conveyancing, considers recent […]