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9 January 2020 0 Comments Posted in Property Disputes, Property Disputes

Law Commission Valuation Report Proposals – will anything change?

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The Law Commission has published its eagerly awaited proposals on their options for reforming the law on valuation in the acquisition of the freehold of leasehold properties and lease extensions.

The Law Commission was tasked with exploring options to reduce the cost of lease extensions and freehold purchases. This not only has legal implications but also political implications as by making the process cheaper for leaseholders, freeholders could lose out.

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27 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Injunctions cannot ‘injunct’ against ground (f) redevelopment

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A section 25 notice which opposes a lease renewal will need to specify a ground which it relies on. Ground (f) is one of the most commonly used, and has been the subject of much legal conjecture recently.

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12 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution

Property disputes: short term and hen party lets

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The Property Ombudsman Scheme received 16% more complaints last year than the previous year. Our Property Disputes team comment on the trends and highlight some scenarios that they have seen.

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16 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Time’s up for Section 21? What this latest development means for landlords

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A significant announcement had been made by Theresa May bringing about a consultation for a major shakeup on what was the more recently termed as ‘no-fault evictions’.

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15 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Is commonhold making a comeback?

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The Commonhold Reform Act 2002 did not result in the sweeping changes that were perhaps anticipated at the time. There are fewer than 20 commonholds in existence which have been created since the legislation came into force.

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11 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Retail & Leisure

Has Debenhams been hit with the ‘Brexit effect’?

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Amid the news that Debenhams’ shares have taken a major plunge in light of its fresh profit warning, we look at why a lot of the retail industry seems to be drowning at the moment.

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23 January 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Honesty has legally become the best policy, be wary landlords!

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In a challenging decision sure to be felt throughout the real estate industry, the Supreme Court has handed down judgment on S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd in favour of the Tenant, S Franses. For the reasons explained in this article, this landmark judgment effectively extends the ground (f) test for redevelopment. But is this necessarily a good thing?

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Government introduces greater protection from rogue lettings agents

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The Government on 1 April 2018 announced that it is to introduce a mandatory scheme to protect tenants and landlords from rogue property and lettings agents.

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Landlords – does the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims apply to your dealings with tenants?

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The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims has been in force since 1 October 2017 and sets out rules to follow when any business is claiming payment of a debt from an individual. This covers a debt payable from a tenant to a landlord, whether in respect of rent or other sums due under the lease.

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Developing your property? Avoid a party wall dispute

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Residential property

A query from a client recently highlighted the importance of carrying out all necessary due diligence and reaching agreement with your neighbours before building work even starts.

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20 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in News, Real Estate

New property disputes lawyer for Royds Withy King

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Royds Withy King has strengthened the Property Disputes team in Bath with the appointment of Sarah Taylor.

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15 February 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes

Woman ordered to pay £50,000 to ex-boyfriend: What cohabiting couples can learn from cases like this

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Order for Possession

With cohabitation becoming an increasingly common choice among couples, it is important to understand what precautions to take to protect yourself should your circumstances change.

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