Property, Leasehold and Housing

High Court: liability for business rates not passed to sham company

The controversy in the case of Broxfield Ltd v Sheffield City Council revolved around demands for business rates sent by the local authority to the appellant on 25 January 2016 in respect of a property known as Courtwood House in Sheffield. There were three...

Meter cupboards are within the demised premises

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UT) has been asked to consider appeals about the extent of maintenance for which a landlord is responsible in relation to demised premises. The cases, Buttermere Court Freehold Ltd v David Goldstrom and Andrew Parissis,...

Service charges decision overturned in Westlake Estates Ltd v Yinusa

The appellant, Westlake Estates Ltd, was the freeholder of Snowshill Place, a purpose-built block of 17 flats. It acquired the freehold in 2008 from Linkhaven Estates Ltd. The respondent, Mr Yinusa, was the tenant of flat 6. He held it under a 125-year lease...

Property owner must pay £81,000 for work completed on cancelled job

A tenant has successfully appealed a service charge he incurred after his landlord removed rubbish from the car park of the property. The tenancy agreement included the rent payable as well as the right of the landlord to add a variable service charge to...

Leaseholders Open Evening, 11th July 2019 in Beckenham.

Judge & Priestley solicitors will be holding an open evening for leaseholders to learn about and discuss any legal issues in relation to their lease, with a member of J&P’s expert leasehold team. The event will be held at Judge &...

Landlord was wrong to apply service charge for clearing rubbish

A tenant has successfully appealed a service charge he incurred after his landlord removed rubbish from the car park of the property. The tenancy agreement included the rent payable as well as the right of the landlord to add a variable service charge to...

Landlords insist a specialist housing court is needed

Landlord groups have called on the government to establish a dedicated specialist housing court to speed up the process of legitimate evictions. The move comes after the Ministry of Justice published figures showing that it is now taking longer for private...

Appeal ruling is a reminder to carefully considered lease terms when planning alterations to a flat.

In the recent case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd (2019) 2 WLR 761 (CA (Civ Div)), W was the lessee of flat 13, and D (Claimant) was the lessee of flats 11G and H in a block of flats. Both held their flats on long leases, and the reversion was held...

What is the impact of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 for Landlords?

The Act comes into force from 1 June 2019 and is designed to prohibit certain payments between landlords or agents and tenants “in connection with a tenancy of housing in England.” All payments in connection with a tenancy are prohibited...

Hotel claimant wins Manchester skyline repair covenant case

A hotel has sought specific performance of repairs, to be carried out by the owner of the building, in order to fully secure glass panels that were the building’s main feature. It was argued that the owner had only completed a temporary fix but had...
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