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Overstaying and overstayers

An overstayer is somebody who has remained in the UK beyond the period of their visa. A person, for example, comes to the UK on a six-month visitor visa but – for whatever reasons – they remain in the UK after the six-month period. Not everybody knows this (and probably not everybody needs to) but overstaying is a criminal offence. However, prosecutions for overstaying are very rare; the authorities normally try to deal with overstayers by removing them from the UK, not

Can the landlord claim from you the arrears owed by the previous owner?

Can the landlord claim from you the arrears owed by the previous owner? Needless to say, you, as a buyer of a leasehold property, would expect your solicitors to undertake careful due diligence before contracts are exchanged. Such due diligence should draw to the surface all matters of risk that need to be addressed before the ownership passes to you. Recent case law highlighted how indeed important such due diligence is. A buyer has bought a leasehold property. It was not until

Asylum-Seekers

Asylum-Seekers Asylum-seekers have been in the news recently. Apparently there has recently been a fall in the number of unsuccessful asylum-seekers removed from the UK. Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, says that she has plans to improve the rate of removal. It is of course generally the case that such media articles do not explain in detail what an asylum-seeker is – or, if they try to, they tend to get it a bit mixed up, and this is sometimes the case even