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East West Rail - Public consultation opens on the Bedford-Cambridge line

Brendon Lee
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The East West Rail is a new railway line that will connect Oxford and Cambridge, linking them with Bicester, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and many communities in between. It will be constructed in two sections: the Western Section between Oxford and...

Reservations over home buying reservation agreements

Michael Rabbett
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If there’s one sure to infuriate house sellers, it’s a buyer pulling out at the last moment without good reason. However, the government has announced that it will trial “reservation agreements” later this year. These agreements would...

Statutory Blight and Public Infrastructure Schemes: part 3 - Alternative options

Brendon Lee
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In this third and final part of our introduction to statutory blight and how it can arise when local authorities and public bodies are promoting their infrastructure schemes, we provide some suggested alternative options similar to, but outside of, the...

Statutory Blight and Public Infrastructure Schemes: part 2 - Claims procedure

Brendon Lee
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In the second instalment of this three-part article, which provides an introduction to statutory blight and how it can arise when local authorities and public bodies are promoting their infrastructure schemes, we explain the procedure steps that may arise...

Statutory Blight and Public Infrastructure Schemes: part 1 - Know your rights

Brendon Lee
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In this three-part article, we aim to provide you with an introduction to statutory blight and how it can arise when local authorities and public bodies are promoting their infrastructure schemes. In this first part, we take you through the legal concept of...

Buying 'bona vacantia' land from a dissolved company

Brendon Lee
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If you want to acquire and develop neighbouring land or an adjacent highway but the company landowner has been dissolved, it’s important to know your options. Here’s the scenario. You have an interest in purchasing unused land suitable for...

Ignore restrictive covenants at your peril! - Intentional breaches may jeopardise retrospective s84 applications for their modification

Brendon Lee
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The Court of Appeal has fired a shot across the bows of housing developers who attempt flout the terms of restrictive covenants which prevent construction on certain sites. Such covenants are regularly knowingly breached by development, particularly if they...

Getting on the property ladder - Shared ownership could be an option

Michael Rabbett
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The price of properties, including so-called ‘first-time homes’, continues to be out of proportion to the average income. Saving for a deposit fora first home now takes years longer than previously. The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ may be...

Tontine clauses - one option to avoid forced heirship to French property

Lea Maynard
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France’s succession law is notorious for its principle of forced heirship, whereby children are the reserved heirs of their parents. Therefore, on the death of the first parent, the children have a protected right to inherit part of the estate which...

What happens to a property in France when a couple separate?

Emilie Bensmihen
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It is usual for couples to buy property together, either as a permanent or holiday home, or even as an investment, however, when the relationship ends, the property is still owned by both. The way the property was purchased and is owned, and whether the...

Renovating in France

Sally Dilks
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With the strong Euro exchange rate, you are currently able to get a lot more property for your pounds so it's an excellent time to buy property abroad. If you are considering buying and renovating a property in France there are a few things you need to...

Are your title deeds safe?

Jo Wood
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Are you a home owner? If so, is your ownership registered with the Land Registry? If your answer is no, then are you sure your Title Deeds are safe? If not, then this cautionary tale should be read by anyone who is holding their Title Deeds at home… ...