Legal

Legal Q&A: Can we invent a lodger for our buy to let?

We have a buy-to-let mortgage but we love our flat so much we want to live in it. We have asked our broker about this and he says that as long as we set up an account showing rent from "a lodger" it will be okay. Is this correct?

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: 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?

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?