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The Negotiator is reporting that legal claims against vendors over Japanese Knotweed have risen sharply over the last year, due in part to buyers and sellers rushing transactions to win stamp duty holiday savings. Specialist knotweed treatment firm Environet UK has reported that there has been a 25% year-on-year increase in misrepresentation cases because a seller has failed to declare the presence of knotweed on their property. Japanese Knotweed checks are an important part of the conveyancing process, sellers have a legal obligation to declare the presence of Japanese Knotweed on their own or neighbouring properties. Read the full article here.

When you are buying a house, you will have an appointed conveyancer who will be with you every step of the way. They are there to answer any questions you have, and to help the process go smoothly. However, it’s always good to know what you should expect from them, as well as what they expect from you.

The Guild of Property Professionals has put together a guide on what to expect of your conveyancer, including how long the buying and selling process can take and 9 key steps from instructing a conveyancer to completion, which you can read here.

Kicking off our cracking walks for autumn is the Three Castles walk, which links the three Norman Castles of Skenfrith, White Castle
and Grosmont. If you're looking for an all day walk, the three castles walk offers beautiful scenery as well as fascinating history!
Route credits and further details on Visit Monmouthshire.
We will be continuing to share some of the teams favourite autumn walks through the coming months, so stay tuned!
According to industry figures, approximately 900,000 British homes have solar panels installed.
Owning a house with solar panels can come with many benefits. You can look forward to lower electricity bills since you will be using free solar power generated by the property and therefore be protected against future rises in energy prices. The reduced environmental impact will deliver a better energy efficiency rating (EPC) for the property, and you may benefit from an extra income stream for the surplus power sold back to the grid.
However, while the advantages in terms of free electricity and a lower carbon footprint are undeniable, all may not be as straightforward as it seems. The Guild of Property Professionals have put together some key questions you should be asking before buying a house with an existing solar array. Read more here.

The Welsh Parliament’s Local Government and Housing Committee recently invited views on what the priorities of the committee should be during the Sixth Senedd with emphasis on priority areas to be addressed. The Local Government and Housing Committee looks at policy and legislation as well as holding the Welsh Government to account on local government, communities, and housing.

Propertymark highlighted four key housing issues they believe should be explored by the committee:

  • strengthening data for housing and policy making
  • supporting the private rented sector after Covid-19
  • maximising use of existing supply
  • investigating the merits of a Housing Court or Tribunal for Wales

Read the full article, detailing why Propertymark believes these issues need to be addressed, here.


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