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The Oxford Playhouse: John Cleese in Conversation

July 19, 2017 | The Arts

Join actor, comedian and writer, John Cleese as he talks about his life, work and current medical problems. John is appearing at The Oxford Playhouse on Thursday 31 August 2017. John Cleese is a founder of modern comedy. Together with the other members of Monty Python he created a surrealist style that continues to influence(Read more)

Short Term Letting of Property - Is It Still a Private Residence?

September 30, 2016 | Residential Property

Many owners of flats hold their property on a long term lease – often 99 years or more.  It is common for such leases to contain a provision that the flat can only be used as a private residence.  In a recent case, the Court reached the surprising decision that an owner who advertised his(Read more)

Granny Flats Will Be Exempt from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

June 03, 2016 | Residential Property

Following a change of heart by the government Granny Flats, as they are commonly known, will be exempt from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  Originally, homeowners with self-contained accommodation designed to house elderly relatives faced being classed as having a second property under the recent changes to SDLT rules.  Sir Eric Pickles, the former Communities(Read more)

Extending a Residential Lease

March 30, 2016 | Residential Property

Under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, if you own a flat then you have the right to extend your lease by 90 years at a nil ground rent.  This is an individual right given to all flat owners if they satisfy certain criteria: 1. the flat must be held under a(Read more)

HM Treasury Consults on Higher SDLT for Second Homes and Buy-to-Let Properties

February 16, 2016 | Residential Property, Private Client

 “A stamp duty land tax surcharge of 3% is to be added to buy-to-let and second homes from 1 April 2016. This means the SDLT for a £275,000 property will increase from £3,750 to £12,000. The move by HM Treasury has been described as 'catastrophic for the private rented sector' by lettings experts. Agents warn(Read more)

Help to Buy: ISA Scheme - Conveyancer Guidelines Published

February 16, 2016 | Residential Property

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/stories/help-to-buy-isa-scheme-conveyancer-guidelines-published/(Read more)