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Stamp Duty - Act Now or Pay Later?

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As announced in the Autumn statement, 1st April 2016 is to bring about some radical changes in the application of Stamp Duty in residential Conveyancing transactions. In an attempt to combat the age old problem of housing stock being purchased by investors and landlords therefore preventing first time buyers from entering the property market, the changes are set to hit where it hurts...in the pocket!

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‘Court Fee System’ to be Scrapped

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The beginning of December 2015 saw the launch of a new Government backed scheme aiming to help those trying to get on to the property ladder for the first time. People struggling to save for their first home are now being offered a help-to-buy ISA which will give them a cash boost towards the deposit on their first home. As with the traditional cash ISA, interest will be free of both income and Capital Gains Tax, but the really good news is that the Government will also top up the savings in these accounts.

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The Court Failed the Oscar Pistorius Verdict

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It’s the trial that’s captured the fascination of the world’s press and people since it began on 3rd March 2014 – that of Oscar Pistorius and the Valentine’s Day murder of model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria, South Africa. Eventual sentencing on 21st October 2014 saw the Paraolympian sentenced for ‘culpable homicide’ the equivalent to that of manslaughter in UK law, a decision that was met with mixed reactions with just five years imprisonment.

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The Dangerous Habit of Lane Hogging

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It is all too common to see motorway and dual carriageway drivers failing to move into the left hand lane after overtaking. Part 264 of the Highway Code advises motorists that "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear”. Many motorists on UK roads don’t see a problem with middle lane hogging and are unaware that by doing so, they may be breaking the law. Some experts also believe that this style of driving leads to congestion on our motorways. There are also statistics that suggest lane hogging can frustrate drivers to the point whereby they admit that they resort to road rage.

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HMO Licence compliance is key for landlords

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Investing in buy-to-let property can be an exciting and profitable venture. As more people look to maximise the return on their property assets, many landlords have opted to rent rooms on an individual basis to multiple tenants rather than to a single tenant. This is referred to as a ‘House of Multiple Occupancy’.

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