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How long does it take to buy a property?

Roy Bridge is a Partner in the Residential Conveyancing Department and can be contacted on 01323 644222 or by email rb@stephenrimmer.com  In this guide, we look at the average time spent for each stage of the conveyancing process. Buying a new home is exciting, but you may be anxious about how long the process could…

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What are the new Tenancy Fees?

On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on the rental market. It’s relevant not just for landlords and tenants, but for agencies that, to date, have made a very nice little living out of charging tenancy fees and administration costs for rentals. These fees have affected…

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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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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…

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When a Treasure hunt could land you in hot water

A recent campaign by Cadbury that encourages people to go treasure hunting has highlighted a problem that landowners across the country are facing – illegal metal detecting. It may seem like the plot from the whimsical BBC2 comedy Detectorists, and therefore relatively harmless, but the damage unlicensed metal detecting causes to fragile archaeological sites is…