Law Society's Home Charter Scheme
The Law Society's Home Charter Scheme is designed to give assured standards of quality. This leaflet explains the basis on which your work will be carried out and what you should do, if at any time, you have any questions or difficulties.   THE SALE / PURCHASE The work involved in selling or buying property has many aspects but the main areas which your solicitor will be dealing with on your behalf are as follows: Supplying information for your buyer/obtaining information from your seller. Checking that the sellers are in position to sell the property to you/making arrangements to...
Tenants - Know your Rights!
The number of households renting privately from a landlord in Northern Ireland has risen dramatically over the last decade, figures from local property experts have shown. It is therefore vitally important that tenants are aware of their rights and, in particular, are aware of whether their tenancy is protected or not under law. Much of the law relating to tenancies in Northern Ireland is contained in the Rent (NI) Order 1978 and Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2007, and under that legislation all tenants are granted a number of basic rights, regardless of whether their tenancy is protected or...
Understanding the Stamp Duty Changes
On the 4th December 2014 the Chancellor introduced Stamp Duty Land Tax reforms, amending the rates payable to the HMRC when purchasing a new property; it is believed that approximately 98% of people purchasing a new home will save money through the scheme. The Chancellor stated that the old scheme was “badly designed”, punishing those who were buying just over the threshold limits. Under the new reforms, rates of stamp duty will effectively be staggered dependant on the price of the property, where buyers will be liable only for the portion of a property's value above...
Right to Light cases – A change of approach
The recent Supreme Court case of Coventry and Others v Lawrence and another (2014) UKSC 13 has done away with the presumption that Courts will always grant an injunction in right to light cases. Prior to this decision, one could assume that where a development would cause a significant interference with the access to light to a neighbouring property, the Courts would grant an injunction to stop the development proceeding. This approach was a strict interpretation of the test established in the case of Shelfer v City of London Electric Lighting Co (1895). Until now, Courts would only award...
First Time Buyer Client Testimonial
“As first time buyers we were very apprehensive about the property process and purchasing our first home.  From the first initial telephone call to O’Reilly Stewart Judy made everything so clear and was friendly and professional at all times. We always felt in control of our costs and received a full competitive breakdown from the beginning. Judy kept us fully informed about the progress of our conveyance and was always available to answer any queries we had even after we had moved into our new home.  We were lead to believe that buying a house was really stressful....
Buying and Living in a Property with Common Spaces
The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published an information leaflet which will be of practical use and help to members of the public who live in developments with common spaces.  The leaflet can be accessed here.  O'Reilly Stewart has a wealth of experience in this area so if you are considering purchasing a property in Northern Ireland with common spaces and would like to discuss your rights and responsibilities, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Property Team at O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors.