Buying in the UK, part six: legalities

Buying in the UK, part six: legalities

The UK property market is quite idiosyncratic, and can be confusing for those buying from abroad. What is freehold, and what is leasehold, and how do these impact ownership rights? This week, in part six of Buying in the UK, we’re looking at these key legal elements of the process of buying a house in Britain, whether as a permanent residence or an investment.
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