Property, Leasehold and Housing

Private landlords and their new responsibilities

The government has prepared draft regulations that propose new electrical safety standards in the private rented sector and, if approved by Parliament, these are due to come into force imminently. What’s new? As of 1 July 2020, the new legislation...

Restriction modified but compensation payable

An application under section 84(1), Law of Property Act 1925 sought the modification of a restriction on development in relation to No 11 Oakfield Glade (known as Oak House). The house in the case in question, Martin v Lipton & Ors, was on the Oakfield...

Could the court grant equitable relief from forfeiture?

The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Ltd was a case about equitable relief from forfeiture. Specifically, the issue in question was whether the court had jurisdiction to grant such relief from the loss of rights to make use of...

Public spaces and encampment - what is the law?

The Court of Appeal, on an appeal from the High Court, has set out a series of principles that tackle the issue of encampment in public spaces by gypsies and travellers. The case, The London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown (Rev 3), was an appeal...

No real consensus on village green cases at the Supreme Court

Two appeals have been heard in the Supreme Court in relation to applications to register land as a town or village green. The cases are R (on the application of Lancashire County Council) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural...

Upper Tribunal considers whether service charges validly demanded

The Upper Tribunal was asked whether services charges were reasonable in the case of Residents Company Limited v Hyslop. The appellant, 38/41 CHG Residents Company Limited, was the freeholder of 39 and 41 Craven Hill Gardens. The respondent, Ms Hyslop, held...

Residential Landlord Free Legal Advice Wednesday 29 January

As a Residential Landlord, you may have numerous issues, from drafting the tenancy agreement and lodging the deposit correctly, to ensuring that you follow the complex procedural requirements. You may have issues with rent arrears and want to evict your...

The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames ordered to reimburse tenant's overpayments for water charges

The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames (“Kingston”) entered into an agreement with Thames Water Utilities Limited (“TWU”)  in 2003 until 2017. Many other councils in London and Thames Valley entered into similar agreements...

Free Legal Advice for Residential Landlords

Calling all residential landlords in SE London. Do you have a legal tenancy issue that we can assist with?   Judge & Priestley solicitors are pleased to announce that we will be running free legal clinics for private landlords at our Beckenham...

Number of first-time home buyers reaches 12-year high

The number of first-time home buyers has reached its highest level for 12 years. The latest mortgage data reveals that 35,010 people took their first step on the property ladder in August. That’s the highest monthly total since August 2007. The...
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