Conveyancer Sarah Kent

Conveyancing Blog: Green Deal scheme



By Sarah Kent, Assistant Conveyancer The Green Deal scheme was closed in July 2015 for new applicants. As properties come onto the market with outstanding Green Deal finance, buyers and tenants may ask: What was the Green Deal scheme and how does it affect me? Introduced in 2013, the scheme enabled people to finance home improvements designed to improve energy efficiency. The loans ...
 
Luca Angarano

Want to move home fast? Three things to look for when choosing a Conveyancer



By Luca Angarano, Conveyancing Assistant In my role in the Residential Conveyancing Department, I have found that securing a moving date, as well as completing the property transaction as quickly as possible, are the main concerns for Conveyancing clients. Surprisingly, these issues are often more important to our clients than the cost; the Conveyancer dealing with the sale or purchase ...
 
Director Sarah Cookson

Conveyancing blog: What property survey do I need?



By Sarah Cookson, Director & Solicitor, Head of Conveyancing When buying a new home it is a good idea to arrange a survey of the property, whether it is required by a mortgage lender or not. By having a survey done you can ensure that you have everything you need to make an informed decision. A survey, also known as ...
 
Solicitor Richard Wisnia

Top Tips when Buying a New Home



By Richard Wisnia, Conveyancing Solicitor & Head of New Build Department The conveyancing process for purchasing a new home from a housebuilder is unique. If you’re looking to purchase a new property we can help, it’s important for you to have a representative who knows what they are doing in this niche field. In the meantime, if you’re thinking of ...
 
Director Sarah Cookson

Conveyancing Blog: New stamp duty rates



By Sarah Cookson, Director & Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing If you are buying a second or subsequent home from 1 April 2016 you will face an additional 3% charge on stamp duty. The changes to stamp duty, which were announced by the Chancellor in his autumn budget, will affect those purchasing a second property where the value is over £40,000.The new ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Recent changes to Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 may encourage more home businesses



By Joseph McCullough, Solicitor, Commercial Conveyancing On 1 October 2015 sections 35 and 36 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEE Act) came into force meaning a significant change affecting landlords of residential properties and tenants who run a business from their home. Prior to 1 October 2015, small business owners who operated from a rented home ...
 
Conveyancer Sarah Kent

Where has my money gone? How cyber-criminals target property sales



By Sarah Kent, Assistant Conveyancer What better place for fraudsters to target to get hold of your hard-earned cash than a busy law firm? Cyber-crime is on the rise, but at Switalskis Solicitors we’re taking steps to beat the fraudsters and keep your money safe. What is Cyber-crime? Cyber-crime involves targeted attacks on devices such as computers and tablets where ...
 
Solicitor Richard Wisnia

What buyers say & what they really mean – Conveyancing “Chain Speak”



By Richard Wisnia Conveyancing Solicitor The Conveyancing process can be stressful. There’s no getting away from it I’m afraid (whatever the adverts may tell you). There are lots of people involved – buyers, sellers, lawyers (that’s me!), surveyors, estate agents, mortgage brokers to name a few – so communication is key, it’s crucial that all those involved really know what’s ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

New Help-to-Buy ISA unveiled in latest budget



By Andrew Lancaster The government is to hand up to £3,000 to aspiring first-time homebuyers (aged 16 or over) in a bid to help more people get onto the property ladder. In a key budget measure, the chancellor announced the state will contribute £50 for every £200 a would-be buyer saves towards a deposit using the new help-to-buy scheme. The help-to-buy ISA ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

How to avoid a property that’s at risk of flooding



By Fiona Gibson As a property lawyer based in York, flooding is an issue that unfortunately, I often come across. Sadly a house that’s prone to flooding can cause serious problems, especially when the buyer was unaware of the risk. With springtime showers approaching, it is around this time of year when the Kings Arms pub in York city centre makes it’s regular appearance, under several ...