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Tales from practice | Snakes and property ladders

Richard Barr wonders whether solicitors have missed a trick when it comes to conveyancing

9 November 2012

A few years ago we bought a house. The house we live in is in trust for a member of the family who is disabled. My wife and I have both been married before and we felt it would be a good idea to climb back onto the ?property ladder.

With uncanny inevitability our purchase was completed exactly as house prices peaked and started their decline, gentle until the banks crashed and then precipitous.

The house had been built in the 1980s and looked like it but it was in a pretty village, so at a stretch it could be called a cottage (its previous name had been Taxal – which sounded as though it had been named by a greedy employee of the inland revenue). We renamed it Bay Tree Cottage after one of the biggest trees in the garden.

We then went into the holiday letting business. Instead of merely leaving the key under a brick, we made up the beds and supplied f...

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