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What is an Environmental Search when buying a property and do I need it?

An Environmental Search is a report into Environmental issues, which we always recommend is carried out when purchasing a residential property. Our conveyancing solicitors in Leicester set out why Josiah Hincks as a firm always carry out Environmental Searches for our conveyancing clients. An Environmental Search Report looks into to the following Environmental...

Types of Property Ownership in the UK – Joint Tenancy vs Tenants in Common

One of the questions you’ll need to consider when purchasing a Property in the UK is who will be the owner and how the property will be held. There are a couple of legal differences to Property Ownership, particularly in relation to Joint Ownership and the question of Joint Tenants versus Tenants in Common. In this short article by our residential...

Saving for your first home with the Lifetime ISA

Buying your home with the new Lifetime ISA. The Lifetime ISA was launched on 6th April 2017.  Their purpose is to help first time buyers to save for their first home and to replace the Help to Buy ISA, which is being phased out in November 2019.  Unlike the Help to Buy ISA, which you have to close when you purchase your property, the Lifetime ISA can remain...

What if my Tenant does not repair my Commercial Property?

In commercial property leases, there are usually provisions which require the Tenant to carry out certain repairs to the Property. But what happens if a Tenant has caused damage to a Landlord’s commercial premises and but do not repair the damage? Our Commercial Property Solicitors discuss the options below. Damage to a commercial property is usually a breach...

Compulsory Purchase and Surplus Land – Court of Appeal Test Case

Large infrastructure projects often require the compulsory purchase of swathes of privately-owned land by public authorities – but what happens if land so acquired turns out not to be needed after all? The Court of Appeal tackled that important issue in the context of London’s Crossrail development. Using powers under The Crossrail Act 2008, extremely...

Neighbourhood Plan Instrumental in Defeating 100-Home Development

Neighbourhood plans made under the Localism Act 2011 are a vital means of ensuring that the voices of local people are heard in the planning process. In a High Court case that underlined the point, a neighbourhood plan was instrumental in defeating plans for construction of up to 100 new homes in a county town. In refusing consent for the development, the...