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Considerations when jointly owning property

The solicitors within our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department are often instructed to assist with disputes arising out of property jointly owned by one or more people. Such disputes can often be distressing and expensive to resolve. However, many...

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RICS launches consultation on service charges for commercial property

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a consultation on their upcoming 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property, which will be published on 1 April 2018. The new Code of Practice is intended...

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Double Trouble - an expensive pitfall for unwary residential landlords

Landlords of properties let under Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“ASTs”) are under a statutory obligation to protect their tenants’ deposits.  Section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 (“the Act”) requires that where a deposit is...

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An important reminder for landlords: Upper Tribunal rules insurance premium not "reasonably incurred"

In a recent ruling that will serve as a word of warning to all landlords, the Upper Tribunal upheld a claim made by residents of a block of flats against their landlord. The tenants successfully argued that the insurance premium, which was included in their...

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