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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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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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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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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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15 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Property Disputes

Costs Recovery in Property Disputes

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In Property Disputes, we are frequently asked whether it’s possible to recover legal costs from the other party to a dispute. The answer depends on whether the dispute is determined by the civil courts or the specialist property tribunals called the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal (usually abbreviated to ‘FTT’).

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The AGA GAGA Saga

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Disclaimer: This story is not about the saga of Lady Gaga cooking on an Aga (unfortunately). Authorised guarantee agreements (AGAs) have been featured in a string of court cases dating back to 2005. These have included whether the performance of the AGA can be guaranteed by a guarantor (known as a GAGA) and now whether a lease can be assigned to the tenant’s guarantor.

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Ransom strips: the bank balance burdens brought on by boundary blunders

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When buying a property there are a many things to consider; the crime rates in the area, the surveyor’s report, the potential returns of investing in commercial property, the proximity of a river to name just a few.

In most cases, issues are resolved during a purchase, the purchaser moves in and lives happily ever after. However, as was the case recently with a professional gambler, a property owner may be shocked to later discover that their humble abode is surrounded by a strip of land they thought was theirs but is, in fact, owned by someone else.

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How can I make sure the building containing my flat is maintained properly?

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In Property Disputes, we come across a wide range of legal queries relating to landlord and tenant law, and this is a common question raised by residential flat owners.

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Private landlords – are you ready for the Right to Rent?

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As of 1 February 2016, private landlords must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country before a tenancy is offered. If a prospective tenant does not have the right to be in the UK and a tenancy is offered to them, the landlord could face a hefty £3,000 fine.

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3 December 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Property Disputes, Real Estate

Banksy graffiti art – gifts to the people (and worth lots of money)

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The High Court has recently confirmed who owns a Banksy mural which appeared overnight on a building in Kent.

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12 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Real Estate

Government announces extension to permitted development rights (office to residential)

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The government has announced a significant new bundle of measures to address the housing crisis and shortage of supply throughout the country.

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