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  • New statutory duties concerning Tenants Associations from 1st November 2018

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    Date: 29 October 2018

    Paul Dench predicts that enhanced rights coming into force on 1st November will lead to more tenant’s associations seeking formal ‘recognition’ under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and landlords must be aware of their duties.
  • Changes to the Law on Houses in Multiple Occupation

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    Date: 19 October 2018

    Time is running out for landlords to apply for licences under new legislation that took effect on 1 October 2018. Are you prepared?
  • Modification of restrictive covenant unlocks land for development

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    Date: 19 October 2017

    Becky Powell, a trainee solicitor in the Commercial Property team, considers a recent decision of the Upper Tribunal to modify a restrictive covenant under a rarely successful statutory ground.
  • Buying stolen property – some cautionary tales

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    Date: 15 September 2017

    A recent purchase of a used car from a seller who had no right to sell it has re-ignited the debate concerning good faith, stolen goods, and title, as Samantha Simpson explains.
  • AirBnB may cause you to lose sleep

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    Date: 25 January 2017

    The exponential growth of AirBnB is a shining example of the so-called “sharing economy”. Mark Banham from our commercial property team considers the potential perils that hosts may encounter whilst using this service.
  • Welcome to Alexandra Dennis

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    Date: 10 January 2017

    We are delighted to announce the arrival of Alexandra Dennis as an Associate in our Property Disputes Team.
  • Landlords not complying with tenancy deposit rules

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    Date: 28 January 2016

    A report published by The Centre for Economic and Business Research in January 2016 suggests that 15% of landlords aren’t protecting tenants’ deposits. Mark Banham warns of the potential consequences.
  • Section 21 notices just got harder

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    Date: 30 April 2015

    Mark Banham considers big changes to section 21 notices coming into effect in October 2015. There is plenty to think about for landlords and managing agents and planning ahead is essential.
  • Are monitoring fees a necessary planning obligation?

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    Date: 24 February 2015

    Anna Zatouroff examines a recent High Court decision on whether monitoring fees in a section 106 agreement could be charged under the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations.
  • Landlord’s intention to redevelop

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    Date: 24 February 2015

    When does a landlord’s intention to redevelop a property occupied under a business tenancy need to be proven to get possession back? Anna Zatouroff considers a recent Court of Appeal decision.
  • When do Landlords need to consult?

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    Date: 18 December 2014

    Mark Banham, a solicitor in our property disputes group, considers in what circumstances landlords need to consult with leaseholders about “qualifying works” following the 2014 Court of Appeal decision in Francis v Phillips.
  • Clarity is restored on the status of held-over leases

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    Date: 08 May 2014

    Michael Higgin, Partner in the commercial property team, comments on the restoration of normality in cases where tenants holdover premises, the Court of Appeal decision in Erimus Housing
  • Getting information on service charges – not so easy

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    Date: 19 February 2014

    How can a reluctant landlord be forced to provide final service charge accounts? Paul Dench explains that the Court of Appeal has just issued some, possibly controversial, guidance.
  • Counting the days

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    Date: 07 June 2013

    Many legal procedures and notices have timescales within which certain steps have to be carried out. It is important to count the days correctly in these cases as Michael Higgin explains.
  • Lease break rent refunds

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    Date: 28 May 2013

    STOP PRESS: the High Court has ruled that a tenant may recover rent paid in advance when a break option has been exercised. This is not what is normally expected as Alexandra Holloway explains.
  • Aspects of dilapidations

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    Date: 21 May 2013

    Claims by a landlord for compensation for disrepair of a property – known as dilapidations – are often contested nowadays. Michael Higgin considers some recent developments in the law on dilapidations.
  • New rules for owners of listed buildings

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    Date: 03 May 2013

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has simplified part of the heritage protection system in England. If you own or rent a listed building, Michael Higgin offers an overview of the new law.
  • Developers protected from Village Green ambushes

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    Date: 02 May 2013

    Opponents of local development have for a number of years had some success in thwarting development by applying for sites to be designated as village greens. As Michael Higgin reports, things are likely to change following recent legislation.
  • The impact of the Energy Act 2011 on rental property

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    Date: 17 January 2013

    Joseph Preisner, a solicitor in our commercial property team, considers the impact of the Energy Act 2011 on the owners of rental property .
  • Give and take is better than all or nothing

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    Date: 22 May 2012

    Battling with your neighbour through the courts can be distressing and expensive. The Court of Appeal has now made it clear that they will expect the parties to try to work things out before a court case comes to trial.
  • Contracts: getting out of a bad bargain

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    Date: 03 February 2011

    Bill Dixon comments on a recent case the firm was involved in (Gold v BDW) on getting out of contracts which have come unprofitable.
  • Avoiding tenant default

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    Date: 16 May 2008

    In times of increasing economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever that landlords review the economic health of their tenants.
  • Dilapidations

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    Date: 11 December 2007

    Tenants should be fully aware of their repair and decoration obligations before taking or renewing a lease and should try to limit their obligations at that stage.