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Are you selling a haunted house?

Kevin Duffy
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Not so long ago, BakerLaw had the pleasant surprise of being asked to confirm whether the property our client was selling was indeed haunted and if so, what plans were in place to deal with said haunting. To make matters even more strange, the buyers...

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: New obligations on Landlords

Danielle Dyer
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On the 1 June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (‘the Act’) came into force which heralded big changes for landlords and tenants in respect of payments that landlords (or letting agents) can charge to tenants and the treatment of a tenant’s...

Is your business property in order? Part 3

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This is the last in a series of three articles encouraging businesses to ensure that their property paperwork is in order.  This week we consider additional ways to protect your business from unforeseen circumstances and how to enhance your...

Is your business property in order? Part 2

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My last article was the first in a series of three encouraging businesses to ensure that their property paperwork is in order, to try and future proof against all eventualities, especially given the uncertainty around the exact terms and...

Kevin Duffy, Head of Property, gives his thoughts on his first three months at BakerLaw

Kevin Duffy
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We asked Kevin to reflect on his first three months at BakerLaw. Here’s what he had to say: How have you found your first three months? I have really enjoyed my first three months working at BakerLaw, in fact, I can’t quite believe three...

Raising the roof on bats!

Lalini De Silva
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The UK currently has 18 species of bat making their homes within its borders. Surprisingly however, a lot of people are unaware that all bats and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation.  ...

What is the benefit of having a rent deposit?

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Most landlords expect some form of security from tenants who are new companies, either in the form of a personal guarantee from one or more of the directors, or by the tenant providing a rent deposit (for the landlord to use in the event of non-payment of...

Let us do the heavy lifting, while you focus on moving!

Kevin Duffy
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If you have decided that now is the time to sell or buy a property, you may find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. Well, here is a little guide to help you start the process, as stress free as possible.   Estate Agents Estate agents help...

Brexit versus the Property Market: Reality Check

Lalini De Silva
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With the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019 fast approaching, the whole of the UK is still looking for answers and certainty. One question we are being asked - how stable is the property market? Recent media coverage seems to follow a similar theme stating...

Fitness for Human Habitation

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On 20 March 2019 the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) came into force, which will affect all leases created after this date.  The Act amends the current fitness for human habitation requirement found in the...

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Update

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On 1 March 2019 the deadline for filing Stamp Duty Land Tax returns and paying SDLT will be reduced from 30 days to 14 days following completion. Buyers and tenants will therefore need to ensure that they are able to meet this tighter deadline to avoid...

Attention all landlords! How to make your Commercial Property work for you in 2019: an ABC

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Attention all landlords! How to make your Commercial Property work for you in 2019: an ABC For landlords, the greatest priority in the short term is likely to be maximising returns. However, with Brexit looming and the risk of uncertain markets, it is worth...

How do I forfeit a Commercial Lease?

Danielle Dyer
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If a tenant is in breach of a commercial Lease and you no longer wish for the Lease to continue, one option that you have as a Landlord is to forfeit the Lease. This article provides you with an overview of how a Landlord can forfeit a commercial Lease....

As a Tenant, what should your New Year's Resolutions be for 2019?

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Now that the festive delights of Christmas are over, January 2019 heralds the start of an uncertain new year for Britain, with only a couple of months to go until Brexit.  As it is currently unclear what the economic climate will look like moving...

Even the Coldest of Winters Cannot Freeze the Desire for Town and Village Greens

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Anyone can apply to register land as a town and village green under the Commons Act 2006, where a significant number of the inhabitants of any locality, or of any neighbourhood within a locality, have indulged as of right in lawful sports and pastimes on the...

The New Telecommunications Code- The Price that Landowners Pay for a Good Signal

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Most people have at least one mobile telephone these days and understand the frustration caused by a bad or intermittent signal.   To provide a signal, however, operators need enough sites for masts and equipment.   With the bad publicity...

Landlords: Do you wish to avoid the new minimum energy efficiency standards?

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The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) come into effect on the 1 April 2018.  It will be unlawful for a landlord of residential property to grant a new tenancy of property with an Energy Performance...

Autumn Budget 2017: What it means for you as a First Time Buyer

Lalini De Silva
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As of Today, 22 November 2017, stamp duty land tax has been abolished for first-time purchases of property up to the value of £300,000. If you are a first time buyer and the property you are purchasing is up to the value £500,000, you will be...

BakerLaw LLP awarded Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation

Lalini De Silva
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Last month BakerLaw LLP were accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). Buying and selling a home is likely to be the largest transaction that most people will undertake. It is commonly dubbed one of life’s most stressful...

Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation

Lalini De Silva
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We are delighted to announce that BakerLaw has once again been awarded The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme ( CQS ) accreditation. CQS accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing...

Increase on stamp duty on second properties - ACT NOW!

Lalini De Silva
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From 1 April, 2016 anyone purchasing another property will have to pay an extra 3% Stamp Duty if this is a ‘second home’. This relates to anyone who is buying additional residential properties, for example buy-to-let or holiday homes within...

Stamp Duty Reform, what does this mean for you?

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With immediate effect 98% of home-buyers will save thousands of pounds following Goerge Osborne’s autumn statement announced on the 3rd December 2014.   What is Stamp Duty Land Tax? (SDLT) This is a tax payable when you purchase a new home. The...

The Green Deal saving energy for your home...

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What is it? The Green Deal came into force in October 2012, and applies to both Residential and Commercial Property. It allows the homeowner to make energy saving improvements to their home without having to pay up front, such as: Heating Ventilation ...

BakerLaw receives mark of excellence from the Law Society for Conveyancing

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BakerLaw are pleased to announce that we have secured the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation mark of excellence for the home buying and selling process. BakerLaw underwent a vigorous assessment procedure by the Law Society to...