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Please find below the latest blog posts from our Residential Property team.

Look for the CQS Mark of Quality to Help Your Conveyancing Run Smoothly

Emma Gilroy
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Buying a new home is an exciting experience, but it is not without its stresses. The conveyancing process can be prone to issues and delays. Many of these delays are beyond the control of your conveyancer or estate agent, as they may be caused further down...

Lifetime ISA Offers a Welcome Boost For First-Time Buyers

Emma Gilroy
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The news that from today (6th April 2018) a Lifetime ISA (LISA) can be used to help buy a first time residential home will be welcomed by many who are keen to get on the housing ladder. Effectively, the scheme, available to anyone under 40, means first time...

JCP's Residential Property Team Is the Ideal Home for Rhian

Rhian Jervis
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Meet Rhian Jervis, a Legal Executive in Residential Property for JCP Solicitors. Based at the law firm’s Swansea office, Rhian is a key point of contact for many local estate agents. Her experience and her warm, approachable manner has made her an...

JCP Solicitors Builds Robust South East Residential Conveyancing Team

Rebecca Goldsworthy
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JCP Solicitors has positioned itself as a field-leader in the South East Market for Residential Conveyancing, having bolstered its team in the region to 17. Over the last few months the law firm – which is the largest indigenous legal firm based...

Dreaming of a Bolthole by the Sea? Here's what you need to know about owning second homes

Emma Gilroy
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There are few topics more contentious when it comes to property than second home ownership. Britain faces a chronic housing shortfall, while many of us daydream about owning a pretty, whitewashed bolthole by the sea at some point in our lives. If you are...

New Land Transaction Tax Likely to Get Stamp of Approval From First Time Buyers in Wales

Emma Gilroy
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Major changes to Stamp Duty charges were brought in from 1 April 2018 in Wales, with a new system – called Land Transaction Tax - administered by the Welsh Government.  The move is being hailed as a big step for those in favour of more devolved...

High-Flying Property Specialist To Head Up JCP Solicitors' West Wales Teams

Martha Williams
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South and West Wales law firm JCP Solicitors has appointed a new Director and Head of Property for the whole of its West Wales region who brings with her several years of experience in major property transactions. A fluent Welsh speaker, Martha Williams...

Conveyancing - What You Need to Know

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and head of Residential Property sheds light on the conveyancing process.  Conveyancing is a crucial part of the buying and selling process, which involves legally transferring home ownership from a seller to a buyer. Your...

House Buyers - Stay Alert To Fraudsters

Emma Gilroy
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We have been made aware that fraudsters are attempting to divert house deposit payments that would normally be paid to a Solicitor in the legal process. Conveyancing Client Protection Advice It is highly unlikely that Solicitors will ever change their...

Stamp Duty Relief for First Time Buyers

Abigail Salter
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With the UK’s annual budget for 2018 having been announced, one topic has caused quite the talking point. On 22 November 2017, Stamp Duty Land Tax was abolished for first time buyers purchasing homes up to £300,000 with immediate effect. This is...

Two New Solicitors Boost JCP's Pontypridd Office

Jill Bulteel
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JCP Solicitors has boosted its expertise further by appointing a Conveyancing and Family Solicitor to its busy Pontypridd office. Carla Coulstock has joined JCP as an Associate Solicitor within Conveyancing, the second qualified appointment to its...

Residential Conveyancing Specialist Returns To Caerphilly

Rachel McAdorey
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JCP Solicitors has boosted its expertise further by appointing a Residential Property Conveyancing specialist to its Caerphilly office. Rachel McAdorey has joined JCP as an Associate Solicitor in Conveyancing, returning to her hometown, where she had...

Don't Cut Corners on Conveyancing

Emma Gilroy
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When you have found your dream home and you are planning your future in it, you will have many exciting things to think about; your new décor; what the neighbourhood has to offer; how the children will fit into their new school; how long your commute...

A Thorny Problem For Buyers and Sellers

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and Head of Residential Property at JCP Solicitors, looks at the issue of Japanese Knotweed. When buying a property, buyers usually make their choice because of the location. However, a key consideration when you are viewing property...

How to Avoid Conflict When Your Vendors Are Splitting

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and Head of Residential Property at JCP Solicitors, shares some tips on dealing with vendors who are splitting. Without wanting to take the gloss off the New Year, we all have heard that festive fallout can occur around December and...

Is the Buzz of the Property Auction for you?

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and Head of Residential Property at JCP Solicitors, shares some of the ins and outs of property auctions either as a buyer or a seller. Buying or selling property in the traditional way, with its chains and its frequent delays, can be...

For Added Peace of Mind Dont Skip The Property Survey

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and Head of Residential Property at JCP Solicitors, shares some insights into how to achieve success in the property market, either as a buyer or a seller. That moment when your offer on your dream home has been accepted can be one of...

Interim Possession Order

JCP Solicitors
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Interim Possession Order –A Quicker Procedure To Remove Squatters Applying for an Interim Possession Order (‘IPO’) from the Court is an option available to a landlord (both individually and commercially) who finds anybody occupying their...

How To Avoid A Long Property Chain

Emma Gilroy
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Emma Gilroy, Director and Head of Residential Property at JCP Solicitors, shares some insights into possible ways to achieve success in the property market, either as a buyer or a seller. As David and Samantha Cameron can tell you, moving house can be a...

Help To Buy ISA

Claire Edwards
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If you are a first time buyer and looking for help getting onto the property ladder, the Help to Buy ISA may be just what you are looking for. Do I qualify? The Help to Buy ISA scheme will reward first time buyers, who are saving for a deposit to...

Disputed Boundaries: The Hedge and Ditch Rule

Sarah Davies
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The most useful summary of the hedge and ditch rule can be found in the ruling of Judge Lawrence in Vowles v Miller (1810). “The rule about ditching is this. No man, making a ditch, can cut into his neighbour’s soil, but usually he cuts it to...

Cash Buyer - Should you Undertake Searches?

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I often receive queries from clients who do not require a mortgage to purchase a property, as to whether they should undertake searches. Whilst searches are required  if you are purchasing with the aid of a mortgage they are not mandatory if you are a...

Ask The Legal Expert - Can I Put Scaffolding Up Without Permission

Jonathan Flynn
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In this week’s Ask The Legal Expert blog, we get the latest specialist advice from our Property team. I need to put up scaffolding on the property next door but I don’t think my neighbours will agree.  What should I do? You might...

Welsh Landlords And Agents: Be Mindful Of New Important Laws

JCP Solicitors
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A snapshot of the new Welsh Government legislation set to affect landlords and agents in Wales. Designed to improve the standards of letting and management practice in the private rental sector in Wales, important new laws set to be introduced in autumn...

Ask The Legal Expert: Where Is The Location Of My Boundaries?

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In this week’s Ask The Legal Expert blog, we get the latest specialist advice from our Property team: Where will I find information about the precise location of my boundaries? Newspapers sometime report on acrimonious neighbour disputes arising...

Ask The Legal Expert: Where Are My Deeds?

JCP Solicitors
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In this week’s Ask The Legal Expert blog, we get the latest specialist advice from our Property team: I want to sell my house, but where are my deeds? When you originally bought your house, after successfully being registered as the new owner of...

New Stamp Duty Changes Explained

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Yesterday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced drastic changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) system for residential property, and these changes take effect from today.  It is indicated that the revised system will result in savings for 98% of...

A Good Day For Team Celebrations

Chris Davies
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Around 4pm today our CEO, Hayley Davies will hand over her 2013 title of South Wales Evening Post Swansea Bay Woman of the Year to the 2014 winner. However, not only will this coveted title be passed from a JCP Partner to the next worthy winner, but we get...

Head Of Residential Property Shortlisted For Women In Business Awards

Chris Davies
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We are delighted to announce that Emma Gilroy, Partner and Head of our Residential Property team has been selected as a short-listed nominee for the category of Professional Woman in the South Wales Evening Post 2014 Women in Business Awards. Emma has been...

DIY Probate Administration Sees Will Claims Triple

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The increase in people deciding to act as executor and deal with a person’s estate without taking professional advice has meant claims at the High Court against executors for breach of their duty to a deceased’s estate have tripled in the last...

Could The Green Deal Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Help You?

JCP Solicitors
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Could the Green Deal Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Fund help you? On 1st May 2014, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that it would launch the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in order to support domestic energy efficiency...

Land Registry Launch Alerts To Help Fight Property Fraud

JCP Solicitors
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H M Land Registry has set up an alert system to help property owners protect themselves against property fraud. Property fraud can happen by fraudsters impersonating the registered owner or, the fraudsters can use forged documents to attempt to acquire...

The Farmhouse- Will It Qualify For Agricultural Property Relief?

Beverley Bowen
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In order to claim the relief it is important that the farmer lives in the farmhouse.  More importantly the farmer must run/manage the farm from the farmhouse.  It is possible therefore that if the farmer has retired and the land is let on grazing...

Manorial Rights And Your Property

Ian Fudge
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The title of the Lord of the Manor may create visions of Downton finery or to others a self-claimed badge of hard man honour, but as a string of UK homeowners are finding out the Lord of their Manor may be just around the corner. As around 700 homeowners in...

Property And Your Right To Light

Sarah Davies
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The presumption when it comes to land ownership is that the landowner owns from the depth to the heavens. This therefore may create a situation whereby a neighbouring property can build right up to yours and therefore prevent any light getting onto your...

Residential Tenancy Deposit Protection- 6 Years On...

Andrew Murphy
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A recent Court of Appeal decision has reiterated a warning (hopefully) given to residential landlords in England and Wales regularly, namely that a tenant’s security deposit must be adequately protected in a suitable scheme prior to commencing any...

Can The Green Deal Help You?

Emma Gilroy
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The Green Deal is a Government initiative aiming to reduce energy consumption by encouraging property owners to install energy saving measures. It will relate, in the main, to older properties. The Green Deal can apply to both residential and commercial...