Home Buyers Fall Victim to Latest Fraud

The Law Society of England and Wales have raised concerns over the current rise in fraud specifically targeting home buyers. Known as Payment Diversion Fraud, the scams involve criminals posing as solicitors to send forged correspondence, with the unsuspecting recipient conned into making a payment. With our growing reliance on the internet, scammers have become […]

New Digital Developments for Land Registration

The HM Land Registry have revised their service to provide more options for online applications as well as announcing plans to begin testing their new electronic signature technology. The updates went live on 6 September 2021 and are part of an ongoing effort to digitalise the registry system. The organisation has been working towards digitalisation […]

Everything You Need to Know About Stamp Duty

Ordinarily, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) must be paid when property or land is purchased above a certain price in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A reduction in the levels of SDLT was introduced, however, in July 2020 in order to provide relief for buyers who suffered a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

A Guide to Residential Leases and Conveyancing

This article is designed to introduce buyers and sellers to the complexities of buying or selling leasehold property. Most homes are owned on either a freehold or leasehold basis. A freeholder owns the property and the land outright, whereas a leaseholder owns the property for a fixed period of time, after which it returns to the freeholder. If […]

Digital Developments to be Used to Aid Conveyancing Process

In February of this year the government published its draft rules governing the future use of digital identities. This is in an effort to make it quicker and easier for people to verify themselves through modern technology and to create a process as trusted as producing passports or bank statements. According to The Department for […]