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UK Finance – disclosure form

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) was merged into the newly formed UK Finance in July 2017 (and the CML Handbook was appropriately renamed in December).

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Grenfell Tower – CPSEs

Do the Commercial Property Standard Enquiries need to be amended, or added to, as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire?

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Lease plan – error

 If it turns out that a lease plan is incorrect then pause for thought before deciding what to do.

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Electronic search fees – VAT!

In an important decision, the FTT has held that the cost of electronic searches on conveyancing transactions is not a disbursement for VAT purposes. Instead, the cost is part of the overall provision of legal services to the client and is thus subject to VAT (on the same basis as any other payment for legal services).

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Notices – death

What happens if a notice is served on someone who is dead? The answer depends on whether or not the person serving the notice knows that the intended recipient has died.  

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CPSE – changes

The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries have been slightly amended (documents 1, 5, and 7).

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Fraud – mandatory guide!

The Law Society and LR have issued a joint note on property and title fraud.  

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First registration – rejection

The LR is tightening its criteria for rejecting applications for first registration (whether freehold or leasehold).

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Pre-emption – protection

If a right of pre-emption (ie a right to buy) does not specifically say that it can be protected at the LR by registration of a restriction, then it is still possible to enter a notice at the LR. However, the UT has now held that it is also possible to enter a restriction (in addition to the notice), even if the agreement does not expressly provide for that, or expressly limited the owner’s powers to make a disposition.

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Replies to enquiries – the basics

A reminder of the basics when replying to standard enquiries:

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Most-read articles

Trustees – duty to beneficiaries
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Trustees cannot simply ignore beneficiaries’ request for information about a trust, the High Court has held. In this case, the trust property was a farm outside Cardiff. Read more...
Conveyancing searches – disbursements?
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Should electronic property searches be treated as disbursements for VAT purposes? Alternatively, are they part of the legal service provided, and so subject to VAT? Read more...
Professional – update
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
From December 2018 there will be new rules requiring firms to publish prices for conveyancing, probate, motoring offences and immigration, as well as the price for bringing ET claims.  Read more...
Service mistake – discretion?
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
To what extent do you have a duty to point out the other side’s procedural errors (as part of your obligation to comply with the ‘overriding objective’)? Read more...
Exiting the Portal – reasonable
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Insurers should be very careful about making allegations (for instance, at Stage 2 of the EL/PL Protocol), especially if they could be interpreted as allegations of ‘dishonesty’. Read more...
Airbnb – breach of lease
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
It now seems clear that an Airbnb short let will be in breach of a typical long lease. Read more...
GDPR – data rooms
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
If L is planning to sell a property subject to leases, then almost certainly a data room will be set up containing all relevant documents. Read more...
Rights of way – public
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
There are four categories of public rights of way: Read more...
Financial remedies – company assets
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
A recent ruling illustrates when a court can treat a company-owned asset as as a matrimonial asset. Read more...
GDPR – references
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
GDPR impacts on the giving of references: Read more...

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