Homebuying with the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’

What are the factors (and dangers) for parents to consider before helping their children to purchase a property?

Manchester: excellence within reach

The prestigious Manchester Grammar School is well positioned for homebuyers in the city’s affluent southern suburbs

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The woes of renting in London

Like many young people in the capital, Sebastian Payne has struggled to find decent digs he can afford to rent, let alone buy

Bluebells in the New Forest
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New Forest property: where to branch out

Prices in southern England’s national park are rising fast — but it is the lesser-known villages that are luring buyers

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Square living in London’s Ladbroke Grove

Homes in the area’s plush squares are highly sought after by families seeking easy access to private communal gardens

UK property law

Can I knock down a dividing wall?

Check the terms of your lease. You may require consent from your landlord, as well as planning permission

Brexit worries hit London office market

Deals fall to 4-year low as investors pull back ahead of vote

Advertising hoardings outside real estate housing development in London. Large group of Estate agents boards in United Kingdom.
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Watchdog deals fresh blow for OnTheMarket

Agents that collude to join site face penalties, says CMA

UK property law

Is it my land or my neighbour’s?

Your neighbour will need to show the Land Registry that he has controlled this area for at least 10 years — but you can object

The Sun Inn, which overlooks the duck pond on Barnes Green
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Country living in London?

The areas around the two St Paul’s schools in Barnes and Brook Green offer buyers a village vibe in the heart of capital

Property law: stamp duty abroad

Unfortunately, it is payable where the purchaser owns another residential property anywhere in the world

Glasgow ramped up for growth

Prices in the Scottish city are recovering as political stability returns and investors renovate old buildings

Harrow on the Hill: village-style London

The area around Harrow School is becoming increasingly irresistible to foreign buyers

Winchester College: where to buy nearby

England’s first private school has been attracting people to the city for six centuries

Property law: neighbours with noisy dogs

If the owners are in breach of their leasehold contract, you will probably need to get your landlord involved

St John’s Wood keeps low-profile in London

It may lack high-rise views and a fashionable buzz but the area can offer buyers big plots in a quiet enclave near the West End

Why buy near Heathfield School, Ascot

The girls’ school has a strong focus on pupil welfare, and the surrounding area also has pastoral appeal

Property law: dismissing resident staff

It depends what it says in their contract, and if their jobs fall within rules that protect employment

The pull of Putney for London buyers

A prime view of the Boat Race is just one attraction luring homebuyers to an area that is outperforming nearby Fulham

Property law: can I cut down my tree?

If it is subject to a tree preservation order in England and Wales, you could be fined if you deliberately damage it

Buyers seek Victorian values in Berkshire

The area around the famous fee-paying school is well appointed but surprisingly affordable

London’s Chester Square: a premier address

Once home to Margaret Thatcher, the grand square in Belgravia continues to attract buyers, notable and otherwise

High Wycombe stands out in its class

Wycombe Abbey has a top-notch academic record but other schools (and towns) in the area are also a draw

Property law: how to move a public road

This is technically possible, so long as no one objects to the diversion application and the owner picks up the costs

London’s Battersea: beyond the towers

The Nine Elms development has attracted plenty of interest but could the area’s older homes be a better investment?

Developers scrap luxury flat conversions

Transformation of office buildings halted after prime prices dip

SNP steers clear of council tax overhaul

Old valuations remain but higher-value houses will pay more

Eton College: lessons for homebuyers

How the lure of the famous school and the arrival of London buyers is affecting Windsor’s property market

Newbury: escape to ‘Watership Down’

The short hop by train to London means more city families are looking for a sought-after burrow in the rural setting

UK property law: replacing windows

If planning consent is required, then, as the current owner, you are responsible even if the work was done before you moved in

Clapham: London buyers with Common sense

As prices soar, the district is no longer just a stepping stone to country life — it’s a place to put down permanent roots

London’s South Kensington: prime bargains

Falling prices make it a good time to buy in the high-end enclave — as long as you have a spare £10m or so

Property law: where to put a Wendy house

Permission is required to construct any building (even a children’s playhouse) nearer the public highway than the original house

London drives rise in UK house prices

Problems of ‘generation rent’ expected to continue

How to force a house sale if love ends

Any dealing with a property requires the joint involvement of all trustees. This could be a problem if your ex doesn’t want to sell

Wimbledon Village: a more laid-back London

The pretty suburb offers more space for growing families and a slower pace than much of the capital

Buy to leave: rise of London’s ghost homes

Fears are growing about the impact of ‘ghost homes’ on the UK capital — but what can be done to stop properties being left empty?

Brunswick House: London’s grand survivor

The 18th-century mansion has seen many changes over the past 250 years but has retained its allure

UK property law: employing friends

Both sides need to be clear about the nature and scope of the relationship, with terms set out in writing

Developers eye London’s ‘Royal Quarter’

Despite its location, just south of Buckingham Palace, home prices are well behind those of Mayfair and Belgravia

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