Legal Q&A

Legal Q&A: are huge letting agency fees legal?

My girlfriend is trying to rent a one-bedroom flat but the letting agency have asked her to pay £500 for them to take the flat off the market, £300 admin fee, a deposit of six weeks' rent and an inventory fee. Is this legal?

Legal Q&A: Should we sell our garden to a builder?

Our neighbours’ son contacted us saying they want to buy part of our large garden. He is a builder so it is possible he may want to build a new house on the land rather than simply extending the size of his parents’ garden. If we sell, will this affect our mortgage and can we restrict how they use the land?

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?

Does my solicitor think I'm money laundering?

My husband and I are buying a house without a mortgage as I inherited a lot of money from my mother a few years ago. Our solicitor is asking personal questions about where our money has come from and it is making us feel uncomfortable. How far can she push this? 

Can we make our father leave us a share of his home?

My parents own a house in joint names. My mother wants me and my brother to inherit the house upon their deaths but my father wants to leave the house, or half of it, to other relatives. Is there anything we can do to make him leave a share to us?

Can we convert our wasted space?

We have a big flat but it only has one bedroom so we would like to create a small second bedroom in some wasted space. This would involve creating a new window, how do we get permission to do this?

Whose responsibility is the overgrown hedge and broken

A developer who went bust owns the access paths to new houses built in front of our home. The hedge on his land is wildly overgrown, overrun by rats and there is also a broken down fence. Who should maintain this area now – the residents of the new houses or the council?

Vault under our property could add value

We have a vault under our house which would mean excavation for a basement conversion would not be required. The vault is not on our title deeds and an estate agent has told us to sort out the paperwork before we sell. What do we need to do?