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While painted floor­boards aren’t gen­er­ally as prac­ti­cal as stained or var­nished boards, they are a great look, es­pe­cially if you love shabby chic. JU­LIA GRAY shares five of her top tips

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them only goes so far – wipe them over af­ter vac­u­um­ing, ideally with methy­lated spir­its (or turps or white spirit), to re­move any re­main­ing sand­ing dust.

Clean­ing the boards be­tween coats of paint may also be nec­es­sary. To clean out the gaps be­tween the boards, run a knit­ting nee­dle, but­ter knife or screw­driver down them. agree­ment be­fore you sign up! par­ties but con­cen­trate on who­ever they think is most likely to be able to pay. If your daugh­ter has no money the bank or build­ing so­ci­ety may be pre­pared to ac­cept a re­duced amount from you to clear her obli­ga­tions, but be aware that she will not nec­es­sar­ily only owe ‘her half’, as legally they are both li­able for the full amount that re­mains out­stand­ing.

HOUSE SALE PUZ­ZLE

MY cousin, a spin­ster aged 97, died three years ago. She is sup­posed to have left a will, and her prop­erty was sold in 2014, but when I con­tacted the Pro­bate Registry to ob­tain a copy of the will it ap­pears that pro­bate has not been granted. What are the con­di­tions re­lat­ing to pro­bate: is there a time limit? IT’S in­con­ceiv­able that your cousin’s ex­ecu­tors will have been able to sell her house with­out first ob­tain­ing pro­bate, since pro­bate gives them the le­gal au­thor­ity to deal with her es­tate. Pro­bate would only be un­nec­es­sary if your cousin’s as­sets were owned with some­one else jointly or were min­i­mal. Per­haps she gave her house away be­fore she died? You can check who cur­rently owns the house, and who they bought it from, by look­ing at the prop­erty reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments at the Land Registry. You can do this on­line for a small fee. There is no time limit oth­er­wise for ap­ply­ing for pro­bate. OUR neigh­bour owns a car­a­van which he parks on the road in front of his house. We live in a cul-de-sac and it not only blocks our view but it’s a haz­ard for chil­dren from the nearby pri­mary school who can’t be seen by mo­torists when they cross the road near the car­a­van. I sug­gest you dis­cuss the mat­ter with your lo­cal coun­cil­lor or con­tact the plan­ning depart­ment. If the car­a­van re­ally is caus­ing an ob­struc­tion the po­lice could ask the owner to move it, or if it was an eye­sore the coun­cil might be­come in­volved. If you live on an es­tate there may well be a covenant in your ti­tle deeds gov­ern­ing park­ing in the cul-de-sac.

Call SAS Daniels LLP Solic­i­tors on 0161 475 7676 or 01625 442 100. Visit www.sas­daniels. co.uk . If you have any le­gal ques­tions, write to Weekly Law and You, MEN Me­dia, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Av­enue, Chad­der­ton OL9 8EF, or email: mail@lawQs. co.uk

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