Rent to Buy Fund Launched

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the Rent To Buy Fund in England.

The Rent To Buy Fund will provide low cost loans to home providers to build homes. The homes must be let at below-market rent for a minimum of seven years to households who…

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Fee Versus Free Legal Advice

What is the difference between paying for legal advice from an expert Solicitor and free legal advice?

Sometimes only the cost.

Access to legal services is under greater threat now than at any time since legal aid was introduced, but the private client department at Fitzhugh Gates has a history…

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Contesting Wills - Ilot v Mitson & Ors

In the case Ilott v Mitson & Ors [2014] the Court found that the Deceased’s will failed to make reasonable financial provision for Mrs. Ilott and awarded her £50,000.

The Judge said: “The rejection by the mother of her only child at the age of 17, and which she then…

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There's no such thing as a simple will

Most people who come to us believe that their wills will be straightforward, yet more often than not, we pick up on issues which could lead to disagreement amongst those left behind or even potential claims against their estate.

The phrase "I haven't thought of that" is a familiar one…

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Landlord and Tenant - Tenancy Deposits

Gaining possession where landlord has not protected deposit in tenancy deposit scheme.

Failure to protect the tenant's money deposit in an authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) on commencement of the tenancy and provide prescribed information about it as required by the Housing Act 2004 can prevent the landlord from gaining possession by…

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Pub Ties

Proposals for regulating the relationship between pub companies and their tenants.

A feature of the recent recession is the number of closed and boarded up public houses which have found it impossible to continue in the economic climate. The premises that are closed include not only the smaller corner pubs…

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All Change - No need for a will?

Here is a summary of changes to the intestacy rules being introduced by the Inheritance & Trustees Powers Act 2014 which come into force on 1 October:

1. Surviving spouse(SS)/Civil Partner (CP) will inherit the entire estate where there are no issue.

2. Where there are issue the SS/CP will…

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