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  1. property auction
    Auctions – Is the price right? – by WBW Solicitors

    For devotees of `Homes under the Hammer‘, buying property at auction always looks like fun and rarely does anything untoward happen – well, not that the cameras are going to show us! Buying property at auction can be a fantastic opportunity to buy an unusual property or nab a bargain. For sellers, it can be…

  2. loft conversion in property
    Building Regulation Approval and Competent Person’s Certificates – by Paula Land of WBW Solicitors

    Most homeowners will at some time want, or need, to make changes to their property.  This could be anything from adding an extension or conservatory, converting a loft space or installing new double glazing or a central heating boiler. Whilst such works are unlikely to need planning permission (although you should always check with your…

  3. restrictive covenants
    Dealing with restrictive covenants on land – by Thomas Lewis of WBW Solicitors

    Successful property developers have a good eye for a promising opportunity but they must also navigate the complexities of legal restrictions on how land may be used.  What looks like a perfect site could be subject to restrictive covenants that could stop a development in its tracks. What are restrictive covenants? ‘Restrictive covenants can be…

  4. Purchasing a Freehold Flat – by David Wheaton of WBW Solicitors

    Freehold flats cause alarm bells to ring where most solicitors are concerned. There are two separate situations which need to be considered where, for example, a house has been converted into two flats one above the other. Example one: One flat is held on a lease. The other flat owner owns the freehold of the…

  5. Property House Gavel
    Sale of Properties via Court of Protection – by Dawn Owen of WBW Solicitors

    As a Conveyancer, you are used to dealing with all types of property transactions, from the straightforward transactions to the more complex ones. However, sometimes property transactions vary from the norm and the steps involved can greatly differ. This is especially true with elderly or infirm sellers, as they may not have sufficient mental capacity…

  6. Helen Davies
    Meet the Conveyancer – Helen Davies of WBW Solicitors

    Whether you are buying or selling a house, or both at once, you need an experienced solicitor on your team. Today we talk to Helen Davies – a Partner in the Property Department at WBW Solicitors. She is primarily based in our Launceston office in Cornwall which she also manages. As well as being a…

  7. First Time Buyer
    First Time Buyer? The Right Time Is Now – by Damien Pedley of WBW Solicitors

    Although there are is great deal of uncertainty in the country due to indecision in Westminster over the “B” word, now is possibly one of the best times for first time buyers to take that leap into home-ownership. Consider the current base interest rate at the Bank of England; although it is not as low…

  8. property money coins
    What to expect if you are receiving a gifted deposit for a house purchase – by Ashton Partridge of WBW Solicitors

    A significant number of people are now using gifts (usually from family members) to fund all or part of their deposit for a house purchase. Accordingly, it is important to understand the implications that such a gift will have on the conveyancing transaction. If you are lucky enough to be receiving a gift, the following…

  9. Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Explained by Joanne Hayes of WBW Solicitors

    What is it? It is a new law soon to be introduced by the Government in order to regulate the fees landlords are able to charge their tenants. It is important to note that the law will also apply to those acting on behalf of Landlords eg letting agents. Which agreements are affected? The new…

  10. WBW Solicitors Launch New Partnership with Sidmouth Bowling Club

    WBW Solicitors incorporating Ford Simey are delighted to have teamed up with Sidmouth Bowling Club as one of their new sponsors. Sidmouth Bowling Club is situated in the heart of East Devon and located in the centre of the town. The club provides excellent facilities for the local community and is affiliated to both County…

  11. The benefits of using local Solicitors and Estate Agents – by Ella Brennan at WBW Solicitors

    Most of us need to use a Solicitor at some point during the course of our lives.  This could be for several of reasons, including selling, buying or re-mortgaging your home.  Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful events you will face.  Choosing a local Solicitor, rather than an online lawyer,…

  12. How to choose a conveyancing lawyer – by Rod Lewis at WBW Solicitors

    It’s all about the money! Really?? It saddens me that so many people end up dissatisfied with the service they receive from their conveyancing solicitor. This usually results from a perceived lack of communication or a lack of action or both. The individual is upset and the reputation of the profession is damaged. So, how…

  13. Key points to note when selling your property – by Marie Moore, Licensed Conveyancer

    In preparation for selling your property it is good idea to ensure that you have all your certificates and guarantees available for the buyers to inspect. Certainly, the buyers’ solicitors will request copies of these documents during the transaction. Replacement windows or doors The FENSA – Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme was set up to ensure that…

  14. Paula Land
    Meet the Conveyancer – Paula Land

    Whether you are buying or selling a house, or both at once, you need an experienced solicitor on your team. Today we talk to Paula Land – Chartered Legal Executive and part of the property team at WBW Solicitors Honiton Office. Where abouts do you live and what makes it special? I live in Honiton, and always have…