31. A freehold flat is virtually unmortgagable and therefore unsaleable. It is however possible to mortgage (and sell) a freehold flats in Scarborough, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s all to do with a freehold not benefiting from (amongst other things) the right of support. You may ask therefore, “why Scarborough, Glasgow and Edinburgh”.Quite simply because some lenders will take a commercial view on properties in those areas. With regards to Scarborough for example the list of lenders that will lend on a freehold flat in Scarborough comes down to a short list of one. For the rest of the country, freehold flats are simply unmortgageable and therefore unsaleable.
32. If you sign a document agreeing to some terms and conditions without understanding or reading that document then you are bound by those terms and conditions even though you didn’t understand them or read.
33. A sign which says “trespasses will be prosecuted” is nonsense. A prosecution is a criminal matter whereas trespass is a civil matter. You can not prosecute trespasses. You may be able to sue them for damages but you can not prosecute them.
34. There is nothing in law which says that on the road you have to drive on the left. If you decide to drive on the right however (apart from probably causing an accident) you are likely to be charged with careless, reckless, dangerous, or such like driving. There is also driving without due care and attention which is somewhat milder.
35. It is not an offence to use your mobile telephone to call the emergency services, while you are driving. Not recommended but not illegal.
36. Driving a car on tyres with a tread depth below the legal minimum of 1.6mm is an endorsable offence for which you will get three points minimum. You will also get a fine.
37. A bailiff has no right to enter into your house unless you invite them in. Once you have invited the bailiff in they can then remove goods if they have an order. You can however withdraw the consent and ask them to leave. If they don’t leave, you are entitled to call the police. They do not have the right to break in from the outside, they can only enter peaceably. Once inside, they can break internal doors to get access to goods. The moral therefore is to quite simply never let a bailiff over your doorstep.
38. If you are passing an open window and you put your hand through the window and steel a cake (or anything else for that matter) you have committed burglary. You don’t have to enter the building to commit burglary.
39. Sending abusive or explicit/obscene text messages by mobile phone is an offence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act.
40. Parking fines levied in private car parks are unenforceable in law in 99.9% of circumstances. This means that if you stay in the local supermarket longer than the allotted two hours (or whatever the period is) and you get a penalty ticket, although it may threaten to take you to court if you don’t cough up, if they did take you to court they would lose.