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Squatting has become a criminal offence in England and Wales.

It follows on from a public consultation last year on options for dealing with squatting and better protecting homeowners. The new offence will be punishable by a maximum prison term of up to six months, a maximum £5000 fine or both. Previously, the only option was to seek a civil court order to regain possession of the property, which could be time consuming, expensive and stressful. Justice Minister Crispin Blunt …Read More

Owning Property in Joint Names

This article is taken from the Land Registry’s website and aims to clarify the two types of Joint Ownership of property. If you own your property jointly, either as a married couple, partners or friends, you will have chosen one of two kinds of ownership. You will own your property as either beneficial joint tenants or tenants in common. This is the case whether you own the property as freeholders or leaseholders. …Read More