Residential Property

16th March 2020

Buyers should be aware that they will not get any guarantee or warranty from a seller as to the physical state of the property they are buying. Buyers should therefore carry out a full survey in respect of the property before exchange ...

Hills
21st January 2020

Is your property registered at HM Land Registry? Registration of title deeds establishes proof of ownership and produces an easy-to-read document, reflecting the contents of all the relevant documents relating to the property. This ...

28th November 2019

Whilst every transaction is different, there are a number of crucial steps in the legal process that are common to each sale and purchase transaction and we have outlined these below by way of a general guide. SELLING A PROPERTY Once ...

House numbers
7th August 2019

Television programmes like Homes Under the Hammer have raised the profile of property auctions. Although auctions still only account for two per cent of all property sales, some experts believe this proportion will rise. In an ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
11th March 2019

The number of first-time buyers is at its highest for ten years, accounting for 51 per cent of the market despite rising prices and record deposits according to the Halifax.  If you are thinking about taking that first step onto the ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th July 2018

Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some home ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
19th April 2018

There are a number of differences between Freehold and Leasehold properties and whether a property is Freehold or Leasehold can be an important consideration when purchasing a property. With a freehold property, you own the building ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
1st February 2018

There have been many warnings not to give away too much information on social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter as fraudsters are combing them for details. Property sales are targets for scammers and a type of fraud now known ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
20th November 2017

I have sold privately without an estate agent, what needs to happen to start the process? Both parties will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer and pass on their details, in order to get the process started. You will need to ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th November 2017

Of late, we are sadly reading reports in the press of more and more instances of property fraud. This is where fraudsters sell or mortgage properties which they do not own and abscond with the proceeds.  The Land Registry have ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
4th September 2017

The summer months are one of the busiest times of year for people buying and selling and currently, it is difficult for property lawyers to see any negative effects of Brexit on a day to day basis, despite ongoing economic and ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
11th August 2016

Leading up to the EU Referendum property prices were surging, but post referendum, there have been mixed reports on possible long term effects. Figures from the Office for National Statistics actually showed property prices in May ...