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I am selling a flat in London and the completion date is set for tomorrow. When contracts were exchanged there was no reference to the buildings insurance or gro... read more

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Daniel Stanton

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This might be a bit late in the day but hopefully this answer helps others in a similar position.
You mention that there was no mention in the c... read more

I am buying a house which needs a proper refurb and the seller has accepted my offer based on two conditions one in which I use the same estate agents company to ... read more

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Derek Payne

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Generally speaking, the same firm cannot act for both buyer and seller due to a conflict of interest. So no, you need an independant firm to act ... read more

A couple of methods of getting around SDLT have been suggested to me by companies that then split the benefit 50:50. They claim to be using schemes registered wit... read more

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Derek Payne

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On a general basis, the main thing these schemes have in common is that they rely on the Inland Revenue (IR) not querying the return within 9 mon... read more

Do I have to go ahead with the a purchase contract? The flat I was buying is now worth less than it was than when I agreed to buy it.

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Good Lawyer Guide's response

The property slump has meant that many properties are worth less than they were. So, you are not alone in having agreed to buy a property for more... read more

We live near a race track which is noisy at weekends. Can we do anything about it?

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Jon Payne

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As one more alternative, you can also talk to the Council's Environmental Health Department. They have various powers that they can use to requir... read more

I have noisy neighbours and can hear their TV through the wall. Is there anything I can do about it?

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It all depends on how bad the noise is. If it really is excessive then you will almost certainly be able to do something about it. But, if it is j... read more

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