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Due Diligence & Flooding

Flooding is becoming an increasing problem and needs to be considered when buying or leasing a property.   Things to think about:   Flooding can cause "contaminants" to migrate from one property to another If you own property next to a river, then at law you are obliged to accept flood flows from elsewhere. You are also obliged to keep the banks clear from obstructions if they cause increased flood risk Insurers may…

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Pitfalls of Buying Property at Auction

You are at your first auction, you get swept up with all the excitement, and make your bid. You have been successful.   What can go wrong? The answer is plenty. Some of the legal problems that you may encounter include:   Leases not registered at the Land Registry, so they are void which damages investment values Recent covenants blocking development Undisclosed legal proceedings to forfeit the main lease of the building Vat payable, but…

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Labrums are proud to be supporting this year`s Remember a Charity in your Will week

This year marks the 7th annual campaign by Remember a Charity with this year`s theme being “Pass on Something Legendary”.    The campaign follows on from last year`s very successful “Extreme Will Writing Campaign”, which featured a number of volunteers including our own Iain Wanstall  (while at his previous firm,) writing new Wills to leave legacies to charities – while sky diving!  Watch…

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Business Rates Bombshell

  Following Woolway v Mazars, the Supreme Court ruled that where a tenant in a building in multiple occupation occupied two floors that were not adjoining/contiguous, each floor was a separate unit of property for rating purposes. Had the two floors been treated as one, the occupier might have saved some money. Sometimes, the rate able value of one merged unit can be less than the total value of the two (or more) individual units.  …

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