The Mail on Sunday reveals that victims of the 2008 Spanish property crash may be able to recover money they thought was lost forever. It highlights the case of a British entrepreneur who has retrieved a €130,000 (£110,000) deposit he put down on two apartments that were built without correct planning consent. Thanks to a recent change in Spanish law, banks are now jointly liable with developers for the loss of down payments on properties bought off-plan.

The Mail on Sunday, Page: 89-90

Posted 26/02/2017

Train firms have been accused of breaking consumer law by failing to tell passengers about new compensation rights. The consumer group Which? said that operators were using industrywide terms and conditions on rail travel as a “smokescreen” to prevent travellers claiming cash for expenses incurred as a result of late trains.

The Sun, Page: 8   The Times, Page: 4   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2

Posted 25/02/2017

Tens of thousands of pensioners who were sold the wrong type of annuity are to receive compensation following an FCA investigation. Some estimates say that up to 200,000 pensioners could typically receive £2,000 each. Prudential and Standard Life have agreed to review hundreds of thousands of policies, going back to July 2008.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1-2   The Times, Page: 43   Daily Mail, Page: 98   BBC News

Posted 25/02/2017

 

 

 

Analysis of Land Registry figures has revealed sales of properties worth more than £1.5m fell by almost 40% last year. This has caused the total amount of stamp duty collected by the Treasury to fall by around £440m, from £1.079bn to a possible £635.7m. The Mail argues that in light of the decline, the chancellor should use next month’s Budget to bring down the top rate – and so push up tax receipts.

Daily Mail, Page: 2, 16

Posted 22/02/2017

The Mail looks at fraud involving people moving home, saying criminals are targeting the email accounts of property owners and tenants who are owed money from the proceeds of a house sale or a returned deposit. Once hacked into the accounts, they send messages to a solicitor or estate agent posing as the customer and redirecting proceeds of a house sale or tenancy deposit. Kate Faulkner, managing director of landlord advice firm Propertychecklists, advises all parties to verify that emails and calls are genuine before sending money.

Daily Mail, Page: 47

Posted 22/02/2017

 

 

A group of University of Bristol students have successfully sued their landlord for deducting money from their rental deposit. The students questioned a £500 charge for cleaning costs and provided photographic evidence that the flat was left cleaner than it had been at the start of their tenancy. Bills for the property being repainted and charges for rubbish removal were also questioned. Letting agency Digs, acting on behalf of landlord company AvonCo, were ordered to repay the £756 charges in full, plus interest and legal costs.

The Independent

Posted 22/02/2017

 

 

The Mail reports that many people have insurance cover that would pay legal fees but don’t know it. The paper points out that the number of people taking claims to employment tribunals has fallen sharply since fees of up to £1,200 were introduced in 2013, but one in five home insurance policies include legal expenses cover as standard. Standalone policies will cover a range of eventualities, and experts predict they will become more popular with access to justice reduced and changes in the employment market.

The Mail on Sunday, Page: 93

Posted 20/02/2017

 

Kirklees council has been ordered to pay a couple £11,250 in damages after removing their baby after the father expressed unorthodox views about the benefits of formula milk. Mr Justice Cobb said social workers had breached the human rights of a baby boy and his parents and misled a judge three times.

The Times, Page: 21   Daily Mail, Page: 4   Daily Mirror, Page: 9    Daily Express, Page: 8    The Guardian, Page: 2

Posted 17/02/2017

 

According to research from Aviva, some 3.3m cohabiting couples are putting their finances at risk by failing to realise they have fewer legal and benefit entitlements than they would have if they were married. The Express outlines how marriage can still pay for couples. The Marriage Allowance will save married couples up to £220 this tax year, marriage also brings IHT tax breaks and couples who have tied the knot can cut any capital gains tax liability.

Daily Express, Page: 28

Posted 15/02/2017

 

 

A wife has taken her divorce battle to the Court of Appeal after a judge refused her request last year for a decree nisi on the grounds that her husband’s “continued beratement” of her following an affair constituted unreasonable behaviour. The judge had refused her request, describing her allegations as “exaggerated”, “at best flimsy” and “minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage”, and her lawyer is now calling for a change in the law to introduce “no-fault” divorces. Sir James Munby heard yesterday that Tini Owens is now effectively a “locked in” wife and that it was unfair that she must separate from her husband, Hugh, then wait five years before being allowed a divorce without his consent. The Times points out that only 1% of UK divorces are contested, and it is almost unheard of for a judge to rule against a spouse who wants to separate.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9   The Guardian, Page: 6   Daily Mail, Page: 9   The Times, Page: 1, 5   The Sun, Page: 21

Posted 15/02/2017