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When divorcing, a failure to make a complete and truthful statement of one's financial circumstances when ordered to do so by the court can prove to be a costly mistake, as a wealthy man has found. The millionaire executive lied in an attempt to hide his...
Under the Housing Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011 ), any deposit paid under an assured shorthold tenancy must be paid by the landlord into a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme and significant penalties may await landlords...
A woman who persuaded the court that a legal charge should not be taken over her mother's Worcestershire home by the local council in order to pay her care home fees has lost in the Court of Appeal . The woman's elderly mother became a permanent resident...
It is generally assumed that any property that you live in as your primary residence will not be subject to a tax on any profit on sale, assuming you own no other properties that have been designated as your primary residence. However, there are...
The procedures for obtaining planning permission are a frequent source of delay and dispute, especially where inspectors reject planning applications for reasons that do not seem clear or consistent. Planning inspectors are obliged to explain adequately...
A woman who sued her ex-partner for a half share of his £500,000 home – on the basis that she and members of her family had put two years of toil into renovating the property before the relationship ended – has had her claim rejected by a...
Making private financial arrangements with friends and family can seem like a good idea at the time the transactions are undertaken, but they have a discouraging tendency to end in dispute unless professional advice is taken to ensure that the arrangements...
Residential landlords are reminded that since 1 December 2014, the Government has been carrying out a pilot scheme (currently only in parts of the Midlands) requiring checks to be made on the residency status of tenants and occupiers who have tenancy...
Most house owners regard rising property prices as a good thing, but buy to let landlords who have neglected to deal with their tax obligations after the sale of their buy to let properties have been targeted by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and it is...
In an example of the law stepping in to protect the vulnerable, a daughter has been stripped of responsibility for managing her mother's affairs after she failed to provide the pensioner with new clothes, toiletries or an adequate income. The daughter had...