Key worker housing scheme – the basics


The current property market situation makes it very difficult to be able to afford the comfort of owning a house. Most people rent their properties or try the ‘rent to buy’ scheme. People do whatever they can to make buying property as hassle-free as possible. Key worker housing can help those working in ‘front line’ READ MORE

Selling a property – lease extension issues


Over the past 10 years the issue of extending a lease in a converted house has become increasingly common. At Darlingtons, we get calls about these issues almost daily. So, why is this now such a big issue ? The answer is there are 3 reasons why lease extension issues arise on sales :- 1. READ MORE

Legal breaches by Landlords on the increase


A recent study involving landlords in the Yorkshire area which was carried out by the Yorkshire based Letting Agent Linley and Simpson has shown a worrying increase in complaints being made against landlords due to breaches of the law. The level of complaints against landlords in this area has risen to five times higher when READ MORE

I am selling my flat but the lease is short and the buyer wants to be sure they can extend the lease. What do I do?


You need to manage your buyer’s expectations. Do they want an extended lease prior to exchanging contracts or are they content with simply inheriting the right to extend the lease? To some extent, this will be dependent on how the buyer is financing the purchase because different lenders will have different requirements. If your buyer READ MORE

Planning laws simplified


Less than one month ago the current coalition government released the revised planning guidelines for England and introduced the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF 2012). The introduction of the NPPF 2012 which is a single 50 page document replaces over 1,000 pages of planning rules which were introduced by previous governments. The NPPF 2012 READ MORE