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