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  • Property Fraud on the increase
    With advances in technology fraud is on the increase with 3.5 million recorded cases reported in 2016 alone. It is the most commonly experienced crime in the UK and property transactions are seen as a particularly attractive target by criminals. It is estimated that there are around 1 million unregistered residential properties in the UK. These ... Read full article
  • Stamp duty axed for most first time buyers
    Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Autumn Budget that he will be abolishing stamp duty for all first time buyers making home purchases worth up to £300,000, with immediate effect. First time buyers purchasing properties costing £300,000 to £500,000 will also see a reduction in the amount they pay. This will benefit 80% of first ... Read full article
  • Monitor your property with the Land Registry Property Alert Service.
    Recent case law suggests property owners who are not in occupation are potentially exposed to the risk of identity fraud. In a recent case, an imposter used fake identity documents to sell vacant property. To reduce the risk of fraud the Land Registry provides a service called “Property Alert”. This is a free service open to ... Read full article
  • Changes to Stamp Duty
    The chancellor in his autumn statement announced higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties. This will come into effect from 1 April 2016. HMRC has confirmed to The Law Society that the changes will apply to all completions that take place on ... Read full article
  • St Lukes Midnight Walk
    On Saturday 27th June, Julia Newland took part in the annual St Lukes Hospice Midnight Walk. The event, which aims to raise vital funds to support the local hospice, saw 1200 women joining together to walk the 9 miles at midnight through the streets of Harrow. Julia Newland is a trustee of St Lukes Hospice and ... Read full article
  • Nationwide makes Conveyancing Quality Scheme membership mandatory
    Nationwide has today announced that from summer 2015 onwards it will be compulsory for all members on its panel to be CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accredited. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practice and for firms that achieve accreditation, offers a level of credibility with stakeholders and consumers. It aims ... Read full article
  • Stamp Duty Reform
    From midnight on 3 December, Stamp Duty will now be calculated differently. These changes are promised to benefit 98% of buyers as they will see the Stamp Duty owed on their purchases from now onwards cut. George Osborne made the announcement yesterday, explaining that the new system will function in a similar way to income tax. Under ... Read full article
  • Niamh McCarthy qualifies as a Solicitor
    Garside and Hoy are pleased to announce that Niamh McCarthy has completed her training with the firm and has today qualified as a Solicitor. We are delighted that Niamh will remain with the firm and shall be advising upon and acting in matrimonial and family matters as well as residential conveyancing and Will writing. We wish Niamh ... Read full article
  • Garside & Hoy recognised as ‘quality conveyancers’
    Garside & Hoy are pleased to announce that they have secured a certificate of accreditation from the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) for the third year in a row. The CQS provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership achievement establishes a level of credibility based upon: the integrity of the Senior Responsible Officer ... Read full article
  • Garside & Hoy announces the introduction of Lawyer Checker
    We at Garside & Hoy have been alarmed by the recent rise in the fraud cases reported in the press in conveyancing transactions. The risks include the possibility that the other side Solicitors have been cloned and is not the firm the Solicitor thinks it is dealing with or that they have been infiltrated or ... Read full article
  • The Help To Buy Scheme
    The Help to Buy Scheme was announced by the chancellor, George Osborne in the March 2013 budget.  The scheme is aimed to help people buy their own home.  It enables purchasers to put down a 5% deposit on newly built homes which is less than required by many Mortgage companies.  Up to 20% of the ... Read full article
  • The London Legal Walk 2013
    On Monday this week the Partners and Staff of Garside & Hoy took part in the London Legal Walk, with their team (all finishing!) and raising nearly £2,000 for the London Legal Support Trust.   The event, in which 7,000 walkers and runners took part in, raised over £500,000 for the charity which raises funds for free ... Read full article
  • The London Legal Walk – 1 week to go!
    We’re now just one week away from the London Legal 10km sponsored walk which the Partners and Staff of Garside & Hoy are taking part in. The purpose of the walk is to raise money for the Legal Support Trust who are an independent charity who provide free legal advice services in London and the South ... Read full article
  • Research suggests mortgages are becoming more affordable
    New research suggests that mortgages are now more affordable for first-time buyers than at any other time in the last 12 years. Read full article
  • Homeowner must pay damages to estate agent
    A homeowner who entered into an exclusive agreement with an estate agent but then sold through another firm has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in compensation. Read full article
  • Are you helping your children on to the property ladder?
    The recession and the difficulty in getting mortgages mean that many parents are now helping their children to buy their first home. Read full article
  • Homebuyers need information ‘they know they can trust’
    Housing Minister Grant Shapps has stressed that homebuyers need information they know they can trust rather than documents forced upon them by the Government. Read full article
  • Woman wins legal battle with former partner over home ownership
    A woman has won a legal battle with her former partner over the ownership of a bungalow and other property. Read full article
  • Scrapping HIPs gives mini-boost to housing market
    The scrapping of Home Information Packs (HIPs) led to a slight but significant increase in the number of people putting their homes up for sale, according to researchers. Read full article
  • Is it time to change the way we buy and sell our homes?
    The way we buy and sell our homes should be reformed for the benefit of consumers, according to some of the leading professions in the industry. Read full article
  • HIPs ‘are history’ but EPCs still needed when selling a home
    The new Government has moved quickly to scrap Home Information Packs (HIPs) but has decided to keep Energy Performance Certificates (EPC). Read full article
  • HIPS suspended
    The requirement for packs will be suspended for anyone selling their home from 21 May, with the government needing legislation to outlaw them completely. Read full article
  • Chancellor helps first-time buyers with change to stamp duty
    The Chancellor Alistair Darling has doubled the stamp duty threshold for people buying their first home in an attempt to boost the housing market. Read full article
  • Don’t trip up when helping children on to the property ladder
    The Law Society is urging parents to be wary when helping their children on to the property ladder. Read full article
  • Housing market showing signs of steady recovery
    After so long in the doldrums it is good to see that the housing market is at last showing signs of a steady recovery. Read full article