Fiona McNulty

Legal Q&A: how do the new stamp duty rules work?

We are buying a new house and wish to gift our family home to our children. I believe our family residence will be exempt from capital gains tax but will stamp duty be payable on both properties and will we have to pay the higher rate on our new property? 

Legal Q&A: can our neighbours block our plans for a basement?

We would like to enlarge our garden flat by digging down to create a basement level. We have a share of the freehold so would need the consent of the other flats. Our neighbours may object which may necessitate a court settlement. How should we proceed in achieving the necessary approvals?

Legal Q&A: who pays the £70k to fix our leaky roof?

I moved into a top-floor flat in a “newly refurbished” apartment block on a shared-ownership basis six years ago. From the day I moved in, I had problems with leaks from the roof, which was repaired but not properly. Now I have been told repairs will cost £70,000 - do I have to pay this or can I appeal?