Property Conveyancing


Ban on Tenant Fees 2019

The Tenant Fees Act will come into force in Wales on 1 September 2019. It came into force in England on 1 June 2019. The aim of the Act is to reduce the costs that tenants face at the outset, and throughout, a tenancy.  Tenants will now be able to see, at a glance, what their chosen property will cost them with no hidden costs. […]


Japanese Knotweed and the new development

Building land is at a premium. Developers are, therefore, turning to sites which have been previously used for other purposes. Some of these have a legacy infestation of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This extremely invasive and hardy plant can cause serious damage to the structure of a property, and even more damage to its value. When buying a property, purchasers have, to some extent, some […]


Knotweed and the case of the disappearing weed killer?

Japanese Knotweed is a blight on many areas of the country. It is highly invasive and spreads via a complex root system which travels long distances underground. Recent research by Swansea University has shown that even after three years of optimal treatment it is never completely killed, but the above ground growth can be curtailed. Despite this, the root system remains viable. The research demonstrated […]


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The case of the disappearing Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has again been in the news recently. As usual it is not good news. For the benefit of the very few of you who may not know the background, Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant introduced into the UK. It is very common in many parts of the country, including South Wales. The problem is that when land has Knotweed growing upon it, […]


Japanese knotweed – the growing area of case law

The effect of Japanese knotweed on property has been well documented over recent years with images of the plant growing through concrete foundations and destabilised buildings. Knotweed is a highly invasive and fast spreading weed. It is extremely difficult to eradicate and normally requires specialist treatment. Another case appeared in the media this week announcing that Network Rail has lost an appeal over damages awarded […]


Land Transaction Tax replaces Stamp Duty in Wales

From April 1 the Welsh Assembly Government introduced its own Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This means that England, Scotland and Wales each have their own separate regime for taxing the acquisition of land.  LTT is the first tax introduced by a Welsh Government in almost 800 years. What is Land Transaction Tax (LTT)? Like SDLT, LTT will be payable […]


The problem with leasehold properties

Recently we have dealt with a number of clients who have purchased the freehold title to their property. The problem with leasehold properties is that every year the cost of the freehold will increase and as the term of the lease diminishes even further, the price will escalate quite dramatically. The only way to combat this is to purchase the freehold as soon as possible, […]


Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to £300,000 and on the first £300,000 on properties worth up to £500,000 in higher-value areas, such as London. Philip Hammond also announced the Conservatives would make £15.3bn of new financial support available for housing over the next five years, bringing total support for housing to at least £44bn over this […]


First-time buyers and the bank of Mum and Dad

Recent reports have shown that first-time buyers now require an average of £33,000 for a deposit on a house. Understandably, young people are finding it extremely difficult to save this amount of money – so, what can they do? The Government scheme Help 2 Buy is one sensible option, but a record number of first-time buyers are now relying on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ in […]


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Manorial Rights: Mines and Minerals Exceptions

~By Lizzie Dobson~ You may be forgiven for thinking that manorial rights were left behind at the turn of the 19th century but many homes in Swansea and the surrounding areas remain subject to such rights. It is important to understand these rights and how they affect your property.   In recent years, historic manorial rights owners such as the Crown and Church Commissioners, submitted […]