Two major home builders have been told to remove contract terms that mean leaseholders have to pay ground rents that double every 10 or 15 years. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched enforcement action against 4 housing developers in September 2020. These included Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey, for using possibly unfair contract terms,
Jackie joined Machins in May 2018 as a conveyancer.
Jackie has practised residential conveyancing for a number of years and became a conveyancer in 1997. She has practised in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.
Specialist practice areas
- Buying and selling a home
- Transfers of equity
- Buy to let, new build, help to buy
TestimonialsThank you Jackie for seeing us through a difficult time for us with a safe and caring pair of hands. You do a wonderful job. We are busy but enjoying being in our new house.Many thanks for all your hard work with the sale and purchase of our homes. We are very grateful for your help and advice through this sometimes stressful process. We are now settled into our new home and have finally finished unpacking boxes.We just wanted to say thank you for all your support during our recent sale and purchase. You were always friendly, professional and supportive.Thank you so much for your help and kindness with our move. A very professional and friendly service. Highly recommended.
Latest news by Jackie Hand
The number of new homes under construction more than doubled in the third quarter of last year. Nearly three times as many homes were completed over the same period. The official statistics show that in England and Wales, 35,710 homes were started in July to September 2020 – a 111% increase when compared to the
First-time buyers interested in new-build homes can now apply for the new Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme. With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan, the government lends homebuyers up to 20% (40% in London) of the cost of a newly built home. Customers pay a deposit of 5% or more and arrange a mortgage
The government has launched an £11.5 billion programme to build 180,000 new homes across the country over the next five years. It’s hoped that the move will unlock a further £38 billion in public and private investment in affordable housing. New homes will be made available from next year. Around half of the new homes
There has been a large increase in house sales following the introduction of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday. After a 14.5% rise in July, residential property transactions in August rose a further 15.6% as more people decided to buy a new home. The increase came after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty
The Affordable Homes Scheme, which is designed to get more families on to the property ladder, is being extended for a further year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s estimated that the building of 53,000 new affordable homes has stalled due to delays in the construction industry caused by lockdown. The Government is stepping in