17/04/19 - Landlords Concerned as Governement Discuss Abolishing Section 21

Following the recent plans from the government to overcome barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector, private landlords in England and Wales will no longer be able to quickly evict their tenants without a good reason for doing so according to the government’s plans.

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17/04/19 - Ins and Outs of Lease Extensions - Frequently Asked Questions

If you own a leasehold property, you will be aware of the importance of the lease and its length. Here Holmes & Hills’ lease extension lawyer discusses some of the commonly asked questions regarding lease extensions.

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15/04/19 - Why Should You Make a Will?

If someone had asked me at the start of my legal career to estimate the amount of times I might be called upon to attend someone who was dying to prepare a Will for them, I would have said ‘maybe once or twice?’. Sadly, this has not been my experience and I am unable to say how many times I have done so. One survey recently highlighted that at least half the population have not made a Will. Another survey put the figure as high as two thirds. Why do we put off making a Will? I suppose it is because we have a reluctance to consider our own demise. The daft thing is, we all know it is going to happen one day...

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12/04/19 - Home Improvements and the Planning Laws Surrounding Them

In this article, planning law solicitor Michael Harman discusses the implications of Planning Inspectorate Appeal decisions, and how this can affect home improvement decisions. Spring has sprung and for some of us, thoughts turn to the garden or upcoming DIY projects (certainly I have a few to be getting on with!) here I will focus on two recent Planning Inspectorate Appeal decisions; the first concerning unauthorised development in the curtilage of a dwelling and the other concerning a change of use from a dwelling to a mixed use.

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09/04/19 - Coming Soon - Changes to Divorce Law

The Ministry of Justice have announced that new divorce legislation will be introduced, " as soon as Parliamentary time allows." The Family team at Holmes & Hills welcome this news. The changes will allow parties to divorce without blame. There will no longer be any need to raise allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Instead, you will be able to simply state that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

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05/04/19 - David Whipps Ranked at 22 in Best UK Planning Law Solicitors

Holmes & Hills Planning & Development Consultant David Whipps has been named as the 22nd best planning law solicitor in the nation, as published by Planning Magazine. As the only solicitor in Essex recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leader in planning law advice, the article featured in the trade publication for planning professionals is another well-deserved string to David’s bow.

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05/04/19 - No Sale No Fee Conveyancing, For a Stress-Free Move

Holmes & Hills conveyancing solicitors understand that today’s property market is full of potential challenges and pitfalls; unfortunately, not every sale goes smoothly. Rightmove’s ‘Little Blue Book’ states that the fall through rate on purchases has stayed at around 30% consistently since 2012. That is why we operate a no sale, no fee conveyancing policy*, so that nothing is lost should the purchase of your house fall through for any reason.

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