Property, Leasehold and Housing

J&P seminar - Managing Service Charge Recoveries.

Judge and Priestley LLP, the Bromley based solicitors, successfully held their latest Service Charges training seminar for public sector clients on Tuesday 21 st May 2019. The company are experts in all aspects of leasehold law and support many local...

New law caps tenancy deposits and regulates letting fees

The Tenant Fees Act that caps tenancy deposits and protects against unfair practices has now received the Royal Assent and passes into law. The government introduced the new regulations because it believes that unexpected letting fees and high deposits can...

MP's report highlights the need for expert legal advice in leasehold issues.

A recent report (March 2019) from the House of Commons Select Committee for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has again highlighted that, in many instances, the legal balance of power in leasehold issues is heavily weighted against leaseholders and...

Homes, Fitness for Human Habitation, Act 2018 commences on 20 March 2019

The new Act will become law from 20 March 2019 and amends section 8 and 10 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. The Act requires that all rented properties in England must be “fit for human habitation”.   When will the Act apply? To new...

Development agreement was in fact a public works contract

The Court of Appeal has ruled that an agreement for the disposal of land was not a public works contract at the time the agreement was entered into but, because it contained contingent provisions which would require the developer to carry out development...

"Double hatting" guidance has important implications for landlord's service charge claims

In the recent decision in Avon v Childs [2018] UKUT 0204 (LC), the Upper Tribunal provided important guidance on the issue of “Double hatting” which is likely to see an increase in service charge claims started in the county court and impact on...

Tenants given government guidance on their rights when renting

Tenants and leaseholders can now access official guidance on their rights when renting their home. The online rental guides, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, are part of a continuing crackdown on poor practice by a...

Developer wins legal battle to build in open countryside

A developer has won the right to build in open countryside despite opposition from the local planning authority. The case involved developer George Barlow and Cheshire East Council. Barlow had applied for planning permission to build 10 houses on open...

Landlords oppose 3-year minimum tenancy proposals

The National Landlord’s Association (NLA) has criticised government proposals to introduce 3-year minimum tenancies. Ministers say 3-year tenancy terms, with a 6-month break clause, are necessary to help renters put down roots, and to give landlords...

Declaratory relief only granted in cases of real dispute between parties

When a tenant of a warehouse sought a declaration from the High Court against a landlord in relation to repairs to the warehouse, the court refused to issue such a declaration. In the case of Office Depot International (UK) Ltd v (1) UBS Asset Management...
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