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Advice for landlords on new EPC Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 were made on the 26th March 2015. They introduced a change in the law whereby from the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to privately let residential and commercial properties with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’, unless one of the exemptions detailed below applies.

It is important to note that the Regulations will not apply to properties that are not required to have an EPC or where a property is let for a period of less than six months or for a term of more than 99 years.

Property purchase pitfalls

The Land Registration Act 2002 specifies the transactions of land that trigger compulsory registration with the Land Registry. This includes the transfer of property between sellers and buyers, the creation of a new lease, the gifting of land between families and taking a mortgage over a property.

The registration of title deeds with the Land Registry has a number of important advantages and supports home owners by providing state-backed registration which gives greater security of title. If the deeds to your property are not registered or if you are uncertain as to whether or not you have registered title to your home then the property team at Linder Myers can assist you.

Voluntary first registration – is your property safe?

The Land Registration Act 2002 specifies the transactions of land that trigger compulsory registration with the Land Registry. This includes the transfer of property between sellers and buyers, the creation of a new lease, the gifting of land between families and taking a mortgage over a property.

The registration of title deeds with the Land Registry has a number of important advantages and supports home owners by providing state-backed registration which gives greater security of title. If the deeds to your property are not registered or if you are uncertain as to whether or not you have registered title to your home then the property team at Linder Myers can assist you.

Flat lease extension under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

This is the right to extend your residential flat lease by 90 years on top of the unexpired term of your existing Lease. The new Lease will be at a peppercorn rent (e.g. no ground rent is payable) and will generally be on the same terms as the existing lease.

To qualify for this right, you must have been the registered owner of the flat at the Land Registry for at least two years and the original term of your lease must be in excess of 21 years.

There are a number of exclusions that will prevent you from exercising this right such as your Landlord being a charitable housing trust. You should therefore contact us to assess your own individual eligibility.

Property fraudsters – who is to blame?

It is commonplace for a legal professional to request proof of identification from their client at the beginning of any legal transaction. For a conveyancer, verifying their client’s identity is a particularly heavy burden to bear. Not only does a conveyancer owe a duty of care to their client, but also to their client’s lender…

Brexit – a waiting game

One of the hottest topics in Britain this year was undoubtedly the EU referendum. In the months leading up to the result of the vote, Britain’s future was the centre of media frenzy. Team Brexit ultimately stole the vote on 23 June 2016 with the majority of British voters making the historic decision to leave…

Linder Myers boosts local conveyancing team as house prices rise in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury based Linder Myers Solicitors has strengthened its residential conveyancing team with the promotion of Vicky Reynolds to team leader and the recent appointment of Caroline Hastings as a solicitor to the seven strong team.

Undertaking all aspects of conveyancing from buying and selling property to advising on equity release, the team also specialises in the government backed Help to Buy schemes and Right to Buy purchases. The recent appointments reflect a healthy local property market with figures released by the Office of National Statistics showing increasing property prices in the County.

Commenting, Vicky Reynolds, residential conveyancing team leader at Linder Myers Solicitors in Shrewsbury, said: “With the availability of government schemes such as Help to Buy, home ownership is becoming more accessible and Shropshire remains a busy County for property transactions.

Changes to Housing Bill makes home ownership more accessible in Right to Buy extension

The recent Queen’s Speech was delivered with controversial plans to extend the Right to Buy scheme first introduced in 1980 by Margaret Thatcher, and previously only available to council tenants, to England’s 1.3 million housing association residents.

The scheme is unpopular in other parts of the country with the Welsh Government planning to abolish it in favour of maintaining its number of publicly owned properties and Scotland phasing out Right to Buy by August 2016.

The new Housing Bill will offer similar discounts to those currently available to council tenants with the same eligibility criteria in a bid to make home ownership accessible to more individuals.

Linder Myers added to Countrywide panel for conveyancing advice

Linder Myers Solicitors has been added to Countrywide Conveyancing Services national panel of property lawyers.

Countrywide Conveyancing Services, the largest UK transactional conveyancing business by completions, has expanded its panel of property lawyers as the housing market shows positive signs of an upturn as confidence grows amongst homebuyers. Linder Myers will be advising on all aspects of conveyancing.

Linder Myers appointed as members of The Conveyancing Association

Linder Myers has been appointed as members of The Conveyancing Association, a non-profit making body representing conveyancing operations throughout the UK with a view to shaping the future of conveyancing. The Law Society have introduced the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which is intended to provide successful applicant law firms with a “kite-mark” that will assure lenders…

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