• March 2019 | Property Buyers: Beware Unlawful Occupiers!
    Friday, 1 March 2019
    If you plan to buy a house before the property market starts to recover from its present doldrums, be aware of the risks you face if anyone is currently in the property. A recent High Court decision illustrates the danger of your being unable to evict unwelcome occupiers who point-blank refuse to leave. We’ll analyse that decision, and the lessons to be learned from it, after summarising the two things that PIE (the Prevention of Illegal Eviction From and Unlawful Occupation of Land Ac…
  • February 2019 | Property Owners, Buyers and Agents: Check for the Title Deeds Before 25 February!
    Friday, 1 February 2019
    UPDATE: Relax, the 25 February deadline has fallen away! Since publication of this article on 1 February, the Chief Registrar of Deeds has advised that “… the Deeds Registries Regulations Board at a meeting on 19 February 2019, resolved to suspend the implementation of the amendments to regulation 68, as referred to above, until further notice.” The amendments as they affect you will now be re-drafted, and we wi…
  • January 2019 | Paternity Leave and Minimum Wages – How Will The New Laws Affect You?
    Monday, 7 January 2019
    Both employers and employees should be up to speed with the new labour legislation which will affect all businesses and individuals on one level or another. Firstly we discuss the new “parental leave” provisions relevant to fathers, adoptive parents and commissioning parents in surrogacy agreements. Next we look at the new National Minimum Wage and the different hourly rates applicable to various categories of employee. Finally we’ll address new provisions relating to…
  • December 2018 | Buying Property this Festive Season? Check the Title Deed First!
    Saturday, 1 December 2018
    If cowboy Will Rogers’ practical advice “Don’t wait to buy land, buy land and wait” has you looking for a property to buy this Festive Season, don’t miss out on an invaluable source of relevant information – the title deed. What you find in the title deed of your prospective purchase could make or break your decision to buy it, and it will certainly impact on how much you want to offer.  We’ll tell you what a title deed is, why it’s imp…
  • November 2018 | Can I have pets in a residential complex?
    Thursday, 1 November 2018
    Life in a residential complex comes with many benefits – hence the increasing demand for apartments and security estates – but it also means sacrificing some of the freedom of choice you would enjoy if you were entirely on your own. For example, pet ownership is often a contentious topic in community schemes, so in the common interest it’s likely to be regulated by the scheme’s Conduct Rules. Read on for some ideas on how to establish what your legal rights are, with adv…