How the right information at the right time can help homebuyers dodge common property pitfalls

Key guidance on buying and selling properties unveiled by the government was yesterday endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales, as it called for greater transparency in the conveyancing process. “Consumers need to know more about the process for home buying and selling, including and understanding the information they should be looking for,” … Continue reading How the right information at the right time can help homebuyers dodge common property pitfalls

Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Moves to make it easier for leaseholders to take control of their freeholds through Right to Manage have been broadly welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, in response to the Law Commission consultation today. The government asked the Law Commission to review right to manage ('RTM') legislation to make it simpler, quicker and more accessible for … Continue reading Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

More than half local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, the Law Society said as it published analysis revealing catastrophic ‘legal aid deserts’ across the country. A new interactive map shows the vanishing number of providers in each local authority area - 184 have no such service and … Continue reading Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

The rule of law requires that a person must be able to challenge decisions made about them by the state, the Law Society of England and Wales said following news of legal aid awarded for Shamima Begum to challenge the home secretary’s decision to strip her of her citizenship. “The award of legal aid in … Continue reading Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

Cross-industry support for the launch of new Freehold Management Enquiries form

Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Law Society of England and Wales, have come together to create and endorse a new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form. Those involved in the creation of the FME1 form are urging all conveyancers to use this new standardised questionnaire to secure the necessary information if a … Continue reading Cross-industry support for the launch of new Freehold Management Enquiries form

Time to reform rules around leasehold charges

The unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed if developers and estate agents complied with consumer protection regulations by giving information up front, the Law Society of England and Wales said yesterday. “Under consumer protection regulations* key sales information is supposed to be set out at the start of the … Continue reading Time to reform rules around leasehold charges

No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in four weeks’ time cross-border criminals will have much to celebrate, the Law Society of England and Wales said today. “When it comes to criminal justice and terrorism we currently operate in a climate of co-operation with the 27 other countries that make up the EU … Continue reading No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns