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Seller of land should have pointed out defect in title

By Seannice | May 27, 2022

A woman who bought land at auction has successfully appealed a High Court ruling that she must make up a seller’s shortfall after she refused to complete the purchase.   The issue arose after the buyer, Ms Mahil, had purchased the land from SPS Groundworks & Building Ltd. The catalogue had described the land as…

355,000 homeowners benefit from Help to Buy scheme

By Seannice | May 27, 2022

More than 355,000 homeowners have benefited from the Help to Buy scheme since it was introduced in 2013, according to the latest government figures.   First-time buyers account for 83% of total purchases. The total value of Help to Buy: Equity Loan stands at £22 billion and the value of the properties sold under the scheme…

LPAs can help protect your interests as dementia figures rise in UK

By Seannice | May 27, 2022

The government is to launch a 10-Year Plan to tackle dementia following estimates that one million people will be living with the disease in the UK by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040.   Speaking at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022, Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the plan will focus on how new medicines and…

New fund established to help build 10,000 new homes by 2025

By Seannice | April 29, 2022

A new fund has been set up to help builders provide an extra 10,000 new homes over the next three years. The Housing Growth Partnership II (HGP) has been established by Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England and will provide £300 million to small and medium-sized regional housebuilders in the UK. The partnership aims to…

Dementia sufferer was aware of his actions so his will was valid

By Seannice | April 29, 2022

An elderly farmer who suffered from dementia understood what he was doing when he changed his will shortly before his death and so the alterations should be accepted as representing his true wishes. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a dispute between members of the same family. In…

Ban on ground rent will cut costs for future leaseholders

By Seannice | April 29, 2022

A government ban on charging ground rent on new leases is set to cut costs for future homeowners by hundreds of pounds a year. The ban comes into force in England and Wales on 30 June 2022. Leasehold is a form of home ownership that gives a leaseholder the exclusive right to live in a…