Conveyancing


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Conveyancing Scams – Protecting Yourself

A recent news article highlighted the sobering story of charity worker Howard Mollett – the victim of ‘Friday afternoon fraud’, an email scam that is the No 1 cybercrime in the legal sector. Howard had £67,000 of life savings stolen after fraudsters hacked into emails sent between him and his conveyancing solicitor. You can view the article here. This case will send a shiver down […]


First Time Buyers PGM Solicitors Swansea

First-Time Home Buyers Guide

Buying a house as a first-time buyer is a very exciting and happy time however, it can also feel incredibly daunting. There are many things to consider and lots of big decisions to make, but this should not stop you from enjoying the move. To help you along the way we thought we would share our conveyancing knowledge to make your first-buy a simple, stress […]


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 […]

Coal Manorial Rights Mines and Minerals

Leasehold v Freehold PGM Solicitors Swansea

Is Your Home Leasehold?

By Paula Murphy   Is your home leasehold? If so, do you know how many years are left remaining before ownership of your home reverts to the owner? If you don’t know, I would strongly suggest that you check. If your home is freehold you own it outright and forever. You can do with it what you want, when you want, without having to ask […]