Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation - what it means.


The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) was launched by the Law Society in 2011, designed to create a trusted community which helps deter fraud and continually improve standards across the residential conveyancing sector.

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Asbestos surveys for commercial properties constructed prior to 2000


Any person with responsibilities regarding the maintenance and repair of non-domestic (i.e. commercial properties and the common parts (e.g. hallways, stairs and landings) of residential apartment blocks) property has a duty to manage asbestos.

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Commercial tenants' rights at lease end under LTA 1954


If a tenant has a "protected lease" it will have the benefit of security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 ("the 1954 Act"). This means that the tenant is entitled to remain in its business premises when its lease expires and "hold over".

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Freehold vs Leasehold: an introduction


Whether you are buying a freehold or leasehold property is fundamental to the process of owning property in England and Wales and there is a lack of understanding, generally, about the differences between these. This article aims to provide an introduction.

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The rise in property fraud


The address that the Land Registry relies on when it needs to contact a land owner or beneficiary of a charge over land, is the address for service which is provided when a person or a company purchases land, takes a lease for more than seven years or takes a charge over land.

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The Validity of Electronic Signatures


There has been a good deal of news recently around the increased use of electronic signatures to formal legal documents, often contracts of one kind or another, accompanied by a rise in the amount of software that accommodate this method of signing.

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Bogus Solicitors - make sure you are not caught out when choosing a solicitor!


Following on from our article in October 2017, property fraud continues to be a major issue in conveyancing transactions and the fraudsters are not slowing down in their attempts to de-fraud innocent homeowners, who have spent their lives investing in the creation of a family home and working towards paying off their mortgages.

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Chancel repair liability - why is it still relevant today?


Chancel repair liability relates to the obligation on some land owners to contribute towards local church repairs.  The chancel is the part of the church where the altar is and where the clergy and choir sit. It is important to check whether a property has a financial obligation as costs can be significant.

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Tree and tree roots - summary of legal implications


This article looks at landowners’ responsibilities for trees and tree roots.

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Exchange and completion - what's the difference?


Whether you are a first-time buyer or simply can’t remember, hopefully the following should make things clearer. It is not until exchange of contracts have taken place that your sale or purchase to the other party becomes legally binding. The completion date is set on exchange of contracts and failure to follow through with the transaction after exchange can result in legal and financial penalties.

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What additional searches may be required?


A number of searches are more specific and will depend on the location, age and type of property.

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What searches should be carried out?


There are some main searches that should be carried out for any property purchase whether commercial or residential. A number of other searches may be required depending on the location, type and age of the property.

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DPM Legal secures Law Society's conveyancing quality mark


We are pleased to confirm that we have secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. DPM Legal underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process. Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers.

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How long will searches take?


The time it takes for search results to be otained can vary depending on a number of factors but what happens if a search raises an issue? Here we outline examples of some issues that might be raised.

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Why do I need to have searches for a property?


Buying a property may be one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make. Therefore, before committing yourself to a property purchase, it seems obvious that you want to ensure that you know all you can about the property. 

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Glossary terms


Buying or selling a property can be a complex process and like many legal transactions, you will come across a range of terms that may not be familiar to you. Here we outline the more frequently used terms and their definitions.

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What does a conveyancer do?


We aim to make the process of buying and selling a property as stress free and easy for you as possible.As a Conveyancer, our role is to ensure that all the legal aspects of buying your property are taken care off.  

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Conveyancing in a nutshell!


Buying a property can be a daunting and exhausting experience but that’s where an experienced conveyancer, such as ourselves, can make all the difference. Purchasing a property is very expensive and it therefore makes sense to ensure that you are fully aware of everything about the property you want to buy.Conveyancing applies to the legal and administrative work that goes into transferring ownership of the legal title of a property from one person to another. It is a complex process and as a result, most people choose to use a professional.   

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Joint property ownership


The dream of buying a property is often outside the means of many people, but one that can be fulfilled through owning a property with another person. There are two ways to jointly own property which we have outlined in this article.

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Why a solicitor is the 'must have accessory' in any leasehold property transaction


Often the last person you speak to when you have decided to enter into a lease of a residential or commercial property is a solicitor to get a quote for the work. When you get the quote, which on top of the other professional and administrative costs you are obliged to pay, can seem steep, no one can blame you for considering if there is a way to short cut this extra cost or indeed if you can just agree the draft lease yourself and save money and time.

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Energy Performance Certificate Changes


Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced as part of the governments aim to reduce carbon emissions. There are many schemes available to property owners and occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Many of these schemes rely on EPCs to operate.

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Beware property fraud


Solicitor firms and their clients are currently finding themselves a major target for fraudsters in conveyancing transactions. 

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