Unfortunately some relationships simply don’t last the test of time. When a couple are unmarried a relationship break up often leads to increased upset and anguish due to unclear understanding as to what happens with the family home whether it be owned by one person or both . At our firm Martin Oliver can help […]

Increase to HM Land Registry fees

From Monday 31 January, some of HM Land Registry’s land registration fees will increase for the first time since 2009. This will affect applications for first registration and for the registration of transfers, leases and mortgages of property (scales 1 and 2).  Please visit Increase to HM Land Registry fees – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)  for further […]

Homeowners in a (Japanese) Knot

The Country’s Most Expensive Plant

Japanese knotweed is responsible for shaving £11.8billion off the value of Britain’s property market, new research by a removal specialist claims. As many as 4 per cent of British homes are affected by the invasive plant – either on the property itself or on a neighbouring property. The invasive plant makes homes significantly more difficult […]

Access Problem – Solved…

When Mr and Mrs P came to sell their property they discovered they had an unexpected and rather difficult problem – they had no right of access to the house! Despite the fact that the property had been accessed for in excess of 20 years via a short driveway from the main road leading to […]


You may or may not be aware that the stamp duty holiday for nil stamp duty payable for properties bought for between £250-500,000 has come to an end now but the stamp duty holiday for properties purchased as a main residence up to £250,000 is still nil until the end of September this year. It […]


01 June 2021 marked an important change in the world of residential Landlord & Tenant possession proceedings The Section 21 Notice that was extended to a 6 month notice was reduced to 4 month notice The Section 8 Notice that was also extended to a 4 week notice requiring 6 months’ arrears was reduced to […]


If you are buying a property that has a septic tank you must make sure that the septic tank discharges into a sewage system or a soakaway has been installed as otherwise you will get a nasty shock and possibly a fine upon purchase, as by law this should have been done by the 1.1.20. […]

It Can Take Time

Life can be fast paced, we always seem to be in a bit of a hurry. As Stephen Dobyns put it “Each thing I do, I rush through so I can do something else.” And, that can be true of the law. We all want our legal matter to be be finished as quickly as […]


The housing market received a further boost today with Rishi Sunak announcing that the stamp duty holiday will be extended to the 30th June 2021. He also announced that after this period the amount of the purchase price of property when stamp duty is payable at all will double to £250,000 up until the 1st […]