Month: March 2019

Property Market

Enfranchisement Experts Slam Industry Pledge To Stop Leasehold Abuse

Leaseholders and campaign groups have slammed a building industry pledge to stop leasehold exploitation. The government recently made a public declaration that it would be legally possible to introduce legislation to remove onerous and unfair ground rents in existing leases. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s (HCLGC)  ‘Leasehold Report’ indicates that the legislation could […]Read More

Conveyancing

FCA Seek Remedies To Free Mortgage Prisoners

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have released information on the ways it can help ease the burden for mortgage prisoners that are unable to switch because they are with defunct lenders or in negative equity. According to the Mortgages Market Study, the FCA have released suggested amendments that would alter the way lenders assess a […]Read More

Conveyancing

ESTAS Awards Can Improve Your Client Testimonials And Brand Recognition

On October 18, the ESTAS will celebrate the achievements of the UK’s most impressive conveyancing firms. Based entirely on customer satisfaction results, these publicly voted awards highlight the firms that are able to offer incredible service, unrivalled expertise and unparalleled understanding of the property sector. The service provided by the ESTAS is significantly more than […]Read More

Conveyancing

Regulatory Changes Insist Lexcel Firms Should Be Cyber Essentials Certified

All Lexcel accredited firms ‘should’ be Cyber Essentials certified according to the updated regulations. Certify with Lawyer Checker and enjoy a 48-hour turn around. Following the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that came into force in June 2018, the importance of ensuring your firm is protected against persistent and sophisticated cyber criminality has never been […]Read More

Property Market

Conveyancing Association Supports Launch Of New Freehold Management Enquiries Form

Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Conveyancing Association (CA) – the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry – have come together to create and endorse a new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form. Those involved in the creation of the FME1 form are urging all conveyancers to use this new standardised questionnaire […]Read More

Conveyancing

House Builder Shares Plummet With House Prices

Following the most recent Land Registry data that found property growth at its slowest recorded level in five years, shares in house builders plummeted. Four of the top ten worst performing shares belonged to house builders when the FTSE closed on Wednesday evening. Barratt Development shares fell by 3.03% with Berkeley falling by 3.2%. The […]Read More

Property Market

Search Acumen Comments on HMRC’s Monthly Property Transactions For February

Andy Sommerville, Director of Search Acumen, comments on HMRC’s monthly property transactions for February: “While residential property transactions remained relatively flat in February 2019, the number of monthly seasonally adjusted transactions has only been bettered once since the EU Referendum in 2016. “And the non-residential sector also tells a promising story: over the past month, […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA Updated Regulations Launching In November

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) have confirmed that their new regulations will come into force on November 25 2019. The SRA have claimed to have streamlined the rules, making them shorter and more specifically targeted towards to main issues of concern for those working in the legal sector. The new regulations will solidify rules on […]Read More

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