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CCTV

Can I put CCTV up at home?

In 2018, there were 432,267 burglaries. And that’s only the ones that were formally reported to the police.  This figure is up 2% on 2017 and is slowly creeping up year on year.  It’s not just your television, jewellery and computers that burglars are after now, either. Most of us store a lot of personal information and…

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Moving Home Checklist

Preparing for Completion Day So, you’ve exchanged contracts and moving day is fast approaching. Start to notify all of the necessary Companies about your change of address in plenty of time. Use our Moving Home Checklist (found here) to tick off each one as you do it. You can buy pre-printed cards from all good stationers,…

holiday insurance

How much does holiday insurance cost?

We all sit dreaming whilst on our soggy morning commute, about getting away from it all. We imagine jetting off somewhere exotic; a place of endless sunshine, cocktails and relaxation. Or perhaps you’re more of an activity and adventure person and dream of mountain biking or surfing the biggest waves in Hawaii? Maybe you would prefer a…

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Landlord blaming me for mould? What are my rights?

By the end of 2021, a quarter of UK households will rent privately. That’s approximately 5.8 million households renting, due to the combination of soaring house prices and salaries remaining relatively static.  Anyone who has been a serial renter will know that the state of privately rented housing can vary hugely.  Some landlords take pride…

domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse Bill

Until now, there has been no single dedicated law concerning domestic violence. Now, parliament are debating the Domestic Abuse Bill. Domestic abuse is something which has been a hot topic of discussion for a number of years and though there have been several important developments, there is a greater increase of identifiable victims. This Bill…

Inheritance Tax

Reform set to cut complexity of inheritance tax

Sweeping reform of inheritance tax has been recommended to cut complexity of the so-called ‘death tax’, but experts are warning that individuals will need to review existing planning if the changes go ahead. Headline recommendations to government from the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) include changing the rules surrounding gifts of cash, property and other…