Landowner defeats Teseo in the High Court over £1.3m conditional contract

Ref. Cohen v Teseo Properties Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 2442 (Ch)
On 8 August 2013, the Claimant landowner (Cohen) entered into an agreement with the Defendant developer for the sale of a property in Finchley North London at the price of £1.3 million. Inserted into this agreement was the condition that final agreement was dependent on the developer securing planning permission for residential redevelopment…
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Change to age old trespass laws could allow frackers to drill under your home

In a consultation published by DCLG on 23rd May 2014, the Government outlined their proposals to change the age old trespass laws encapsulated by the latin phrase: Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos. In other words, “whoever owns the soil, it is theirs all the way up to Heaven and down to Hell”…
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Mental Disabilities and ASTs analysed by Court of Appeal in latest ECHR case

Ref. McDonald v McDonald [2014] EWCA Civ 1049
In the recent case of McDonald v McDonald [2014], the Court of Appeal has ruled that a possession order granted to a company of receivers in the guise of the private landlord of an AST was not in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) – despite the tenant having a serious disorder that makes her upset by environmental changes…
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Polish shale gas collapse provides stark warning to UK investors

Investing in the next big thing early is an investor’s dream. Huge capital growth kicks in as the product begins to take off, dividends increase as the company makes heavy profits and the risk initially involved in taking the plunge erodes away…
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Gas Safety Trust Poll Provides Alarming Results

The Gas Safety Trust instructed OnePoll to conduct an online survey of some 2,000 people to ascertain whether property owners and tenants had any idea of the dangers of gas equipment. The results were fairly disturbing…
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Mortgage Lenders are now being accused of discrimination as mortgage application is rejected because 48 year old’s husband is too old

Victoria Wallace and her husband of 17 years, Sean, have unfortunately been denied the ability to jointly own their marital home after they had a mortgage application rejected on the basis that Sean was deemed “too old”.…
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Romanian man has his entire house stolen and replaced with a field of crops

Hexham, Northumeberland - rural viewIf you’re in the market for a holiday home it may be wise to avoid purchasing on the Danube Delta in Romania, after one unlucky owner returned to his, only to find it had been stolen and replaced with a field of ready-to-harvest crops…
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London property being out performed by beach huts

A 13ft by 13ft beach hut that contains no bedroom as well as no electricity has been put on the market for a record price of £225,000, indicating that the sale of beach huts may well be outperforming properties even in the most sought after boroughs of London…
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Do climbing plants destroy the fabric of your home? #property

One of the most effective ways to transform any building is by covering it with a climbing clematis that erupts into blossom and colour at certain points in the year. Victorian houses built with old handmade bricks covered in cascading blossom produce the perfect picture postcard image. Even a 1960s built eyesore can look chocolate box if the right plant shrouds its drab exterior. There is nothing better than seeing a country house covered in a carefully trained ancient wistaria but what is the cost of the damage to the fabric of the building going to be?

10 Questions on Climbing Plants and your Property

Ten things to consider with climbing plants next to your property. 1 Are all climbing plants bad for your property? No – some are beneficial and attractive whereas others can cause damage to the walls, foundations and roofs and … Continue reading

The estate agent who ‘forgot’ to mention murder, the bodies in the garden and other outrageous complaints…

When the housing market starts to boom, buyers’ and sellers’ activity soars. One side wants their property to sell for the highest price and the other want to grab a bargain. In this frenzy, the estate agents try to keep both sides happy. However, in their desperation to get a sale or exploit a property, things can go very wrong. Bodies, ghosts and seagulls all feature in this tale of house buying woe…
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