Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies [under Section 8 and Section 21 of Housing Act 1988] With the demand for social housing at record levels and social housing stock at historically low levels across the country, obtaining a possession order is becoming harder and trickier for landlords. With the courts and Judges being meticulous when considering possession […]

ORJ Joins Tesco Bank Panel

As ORJ joins the Tesco bank conveyancing panel, here we explain the benefits to clients, builders, brokers, agents and IFA’s of using or recommending a firm that is on every bank panel. ORJ has one of the largest conveyancing departments in the region. We complete about £200m of house purchases and sales each year and […]

New rules under the Mortgage Credit Directive 2016

New rules under the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) apply with effect from 21st March 2016. The rules introduce the requirement to give customers a minimum 7 day period of reflection once a binding mortgage offer is issued. This reflection period allows each customer to decide whether they wish to accept the terms of their mortgage […]

A guide to environmental searches when buying a property

The environmental search is a search carried out with an environmental agency (not the Environmental Agency) that gives details of the past uses of the land and the land in the vicinity of the property and whether such past uses are likely to have caused any potential contamination of the land on which the property […]

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax 2016

If you are considering purchasing an additional property which is not going to be your main residence, it is important that you are aware of the new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates which will come into force from 1st April 2016. The Government confirmed the changes to stamp duty land tax 2016 at the […]

A guide to The Party Wall Act

Do you own a building? Yes Do you know what the Party Wall Act is? No If you or your neighbours plan to undertake future building works (including repairs), please proceed with extreme caution! Have you ever woken from a nightmare to the realisation that it wasn’t just a dream? Our client owns a building, […]

Purchasing a repossessed property – time is of the essence

Here at ORJ Solicitors, we often deal with the purchase of repossessed properties. While buying a repossessed property can often mean a saving of up to 30% of a property’s market value, it is important to do your homework before making an offer. Time is also of the essence and you must act quickly to […]

A guide to Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

Landlords need to be careful with the collection of rent arrears from commercial tenants now that the landlords self help remedy of distraint – where the landlord was entitled to seize goods belonging to the tenant to pay rent arrears –  has been abolished. With Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, the landlord now has to abide by […]

5 top tips for residential landlords

Being a landlord in these uncertain times can carry enough risk without falling foul of technicalities that can befall the unsuspecting Landlord when they seek to obtain possession of their property. Here are my top tips for residential landlords. Some may appear obvious but it is common for Landlords to fall into these traps: This […]