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Considerations when jointly owning property

Sarju Kotecha
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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...

RICS launches consultation on service charges for commercial property

Robert Souber
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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...

Double Trouble - an expensive pitfall for unwary residential landlords

Jon Mahony
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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...

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

Robert Souber
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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...

Property Fraud: What can you do to protect yourself?

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The average cost of a home in the UK is now above £200,000, and the sheer value of property means it is an attractive target for criminals. Online technology is being used for property transactions more frequently than ever, and this means fraudsters...

Why is the housing market slowing down?

Varsha Sood
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It has to be said that the UK housing market has remained resilient through turbulent times. A post-Brexit price crash did not occur despite multitudinous predictions of tumbling values, and according to recent reports the total housing stock in the UK is...

Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 
- don't get caught out by right of first refusal

Joanna Crow
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When a freehold residential property is sold, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 may grant the right of first refusal to tenants of the property, depending on the circumstances. This can introduce significant challenges for landlords and developers, especially...

The Taylor Review - "Good Work"?

Marina Vincent
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As we all know, the way many of us work has changed.  The idea of a "job for life" is probably a thing of the past and, for many of us, doing more than one job at a time is how we earn our living. The Government commissioned the Taylor Review...

Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market - a consultation paper

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The Government’s Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, published in February 2017, highlighted the Government’s aim to improve consumer choice and fairness in the leasehold sector. Its latest consultation paper...

Employment Tribunal Fees Unlawful - what does it mean for you?

Marina Vincent
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Today the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. Since 2013 employees bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal have been required to pay fees, usually amounting to £1,200.  The intention was to prevent employees from...

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