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?