Property


The pitfalls of a DIY divorce

The first month of the New Year is reportedly the most popular time of year to file for divorce and the PGM family team always see a rise in new cases after the festive season. We also see increasing numbers of people approaching us following attempts to keep the cost down with a DIY divorce. Without specialist legal advice you can get things very wrong […]


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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 […]


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 […]


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Will the rise in Probate fees affect you?

The UK government has officially confirmed that probate fees in England and Wales will change in May 2017 to a banded system, where fees increase with the value of the estate, replacing the current flat fees. No fee will be payable for estates worth less than £50,000, but the charges will increase rapidly beyond that, rising to a maximum of £20,000 for estates above £2 […]


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 […]

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