Dream of building your own home?

A new initiative from the Government has been announced – Help to Build. Similar to the Help to Buy equity loan, this particular proposal is an equity loan from the government of up to 20% to assist individuals building their own dream home. There are, of course eligibility rules including, you must fully own the [...]

2022-06-22T15:52:46+00:00January 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Property Fraud

A recent case of a fraudulent property transaction has been making headlines and provides a stark warning to both conveyancers and property owners. The owner of the property in question was working away from his Luton property when he was informed by neighbours that there was activity in the home. Upon returning, he discovered that [...]

2022-06-22T16:01:14+00:00December 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is an Article 4 Direction?

Anyone who has purchased a property in or around Lancaster within the last few months should already be aware that an Article 4 Direction is coming into force on 10th November 2021 in parts of Lancaster, but what is an Article 4 Direction? An Article 4 Direction is when a Local Council removes permitted development [...]

2022-06-23T09:51:26+00:00July 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet our Agricultural Team

Living and working in the countryside poses a unique set of daily challenges, where business and personal lives often overlap. Having worked closely with local farming families for generations, Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand have built a great understanding of the needs of the farming community and can offer a full range of advice in all [...]

2021-07-01T10:43:24+00:00July 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Watch out Landlords

Legislation brought in on 1 October 2015 imposes additional requirements on landlords in relation to gas safety certificates and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).  Failing to meet those requirements can render any section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction notice served invalid, potentially exposing landlords to adverse costs orders when relied on in possession proceedings. Initially, the legislation applied [...]

2021-06-18T07:18:00+00:00June 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

April Property Update

Whilst the stamp duty holiday has been extended following the budget announcement on 3rd March, another smaller change for stamp duty has come into effect from 1 April 2021. Any non UK resident will be subject to an additional 2% surcharge of stamp duty land tax when buying residential property in the UK. This rule [...]

2021-04-07T11:51:33+00:00April 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leasehold Property Reform in 2021?

The Law Commission of England and Wales has called for an urgent shake-up of the leasehold system. If the recommendation became law, certain leasehold property owners will be given a right to extend their lease for up to 990 years, with no ground rent. Leasehold property has recently come under close scrutiny and media pressure, [...]

2021-01-28T13:05:02+00:00January 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paralegal vacancy

Oglethorpe Sturton and Gillibrand are currently recruiting for the position of a paralegal in their property and conveyancing team. Oglethorpe Sturton and Gillibrand are one of the oldest and largest law firms in Lancaster with an office in Kirkby Lonsdale, offering a full range of legal services for individuals, companies and the agricultural community. We [...]

2021-03-11T13:19:03+00:00November 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feedback Friday

Here is such a lovely comment written by a client following a recent property matter which partner Sarah Miller dealt with, and as always was outstanding - "Sarah's commitment to my case and her perseverance in the face of unprecedented difficulties caused by coronavirus regulations and lockdown, were outstanding. She went "above and beyond" in [...]

2020-06-10T19:53:56+00:00June 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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