Assessment of interim rent – New Square Chambers

Posted July 25th, 2015 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent, time limits by sally

‘As everyone knows, the court, in the case of a business lease with security of tenure, and subject to certain grounds for refusal, can order the grant of a new business for a term of up to 15 years. The new lease normally now starts from the date of the court order. However there may be a gap between the expiry of the original lease and the start of, or as the case may be, the refusal of a new lease, a gap that may be significant in the case of a hotly contested case. During this interim period, the court can order that the tenant pay an interim rent to the landlord.’

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New Square Chambers, 29th July 2015

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Country’s worst landlord blames tenants for property convictions – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in landlord & tenant, local government, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘A London landlord has been convicted for property offences seven times but believes she is the victim, not her tenants.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing, July 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Richard Holme, Chartered Accountant of Creaseys, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax related family law issues, explains the Budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2015

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How late it was, how late – Nearly Legal

Posted June 30th, 2015 in deposits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, time limits by sally

‘A County Court deposit protection case, and an illustration of some of the ways in which landlords still haven’t figured out how the deposit rules work.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th June 2015

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Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine – Daily Telegraph

‘Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants ‘from September’ after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2015

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Southward Housing Co-operative Ltd v Walker and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 16th, 2015 in landlord & tenant, law reports, leases by sally

Southward Housing Co-operative Ltd v Walker and others [2015] EWHC 1615 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 246

‘The rule that it was beyond the power of the landlord and the tenant to create a term which was uncertain did not depend for its application on the parties’ intentions; but might be disapplied where those intentions and fundamental aspects of their agreement would be confounded by it.’

WLR Daily, 8th June 2015

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Contract entitled landlord to raise service charge irrespective of increase in costs, says UK Supreme Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 12th, 2015 in contracts, landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, Supreme Court by sally

‘Lease provisions that would ultimately increase service charges payable by the tenants of a number of holiday homes near Swansea to more than £1 million a year should be allowed to stand, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 11th June 2015

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UK Immigration: illegal working and EU reform – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 4th, 2015 in appeals, banking, bills, deportation, employment, immigration, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘The Queen’s speech, which announces the Government’s agenda for the next five years, would not be the same without some proposals on immigration reform. We were not let down and the plan of attack will be a new Immigration Bill which will focus on illegal workers, overstayers and rogue employers.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd June 2015

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Local authority prosecutes housing association tenant for unlawful subletting – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 13th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by tracey

‘Enfield Council is claiming to have become the first local authority nationally to have used the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 to successfully prosecute a housing association tenant for unlawful subletting.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2015

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As difficult as pulling teeth – Nearly Legal

Posted May 5th, 2015 in costs, damages, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs by sally

‘Disrepair claims against private landlords are often interesting. Not least because said landlords have a tendency to take ridiculous positions and stick with them to trial, even when represented. This case is a glorious example of that.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th May 2015

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Rosslyn Mansions Tenants’ Association v Winstonworth Limited – Tanfield Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in landlord & tenant, news, tribunals by sally

‘There is no requirement that the potential membership of a proposed tenants’ association must be at least 60% for a certificate of recognition to be granted under section 29 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 16th April 2015

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Well I wouldn’t start from here – Nearly Legal

‘A cautionary tale on how, when things go badly wrong, it is, by and large, better not to take active steps to make them worse.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th April 2015

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A New English (Leasehold) Reformation? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, Scotland by sally

‘Last time this column discussed the changes introduced to leasehold tenure in Scotland. Nicola Muir examined the long-term package of reforms designed to bring about the demise of the feudal and leasehold system north of the border. To recap, Scotland is about to implement the changes introduced by the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012, which follows the imposition in 1974 of a 20 year limit on the term of any new residential lease and the abolition of the feudal system of property ownership in 2004. In 2000 a limit of 175 years was imposed on the term of commercial leases. The final stage of reforms under the 2012 Act will convert qualifying leases into ownership. ‘

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Tanfield Chambers, 20th March 2015

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Certainty for landlords as commercial property energy efficiency regulations receive parliamentary approval – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in energy, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by sally

‘New energy efficiency standards for privately-let commercial property in England will come into force on 1 April 2018, after the UK parliament passed regulations in one of its final sessions ahead of May’s general election.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th March 2015

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Ninety Broomfield Road RTM Co Ltd v Triplerose Ltd; Garner Court RTM Co Ltd v Freehold Managers (Nominees) Ltd; Holybrook RTM Co Ltd v Proxima GR Properties Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 31st, 2015 in appeals, company law, landlord & tenant, law reports, regulations by sally

Ninety Broomfield Road RTM Co Ltd v Triplerose Ltd; Garner Court RTM Co Ltd v Freehold Managers (Nominees) Ltd; Holybrook RTM Co Ltd v Proxima GR Properties Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 282; [2015] WLR (D) 147

‘Pursuant to section 72 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, a right to manage company could not acquire the right to manage more than one self-contained building or part of a building.’

WLR Daily, 27th March 2015

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Disability discrimination goes to full trial – Nearly Legal

‘When the Court of Appeal held that a disability discrimination defence to possession under Equality Act 2010 had to face the same ‘seriously arguable’ summary test as an Article 8 defence, we were surprised, and very unimpressed. It seems the Supreme Court felt similarly (and unanimously), although sadly it did not help the tenant in this case.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th March 2015

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Relief from sanctions for not turning up? – Nearly Legal

Posted March 25th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, landlord & tenant, news, nuisance, sanctions by sally

‘In Home Group v Matrejek [2015] EWHC 441 (QB), the High Court has applied Rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules and the guidance on applications for relief from sanctions in Denton v TH White Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 906 (our note here) to a possession claim based on nuisance and anti-social behaviour.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th March 2015

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Not So Alarming – Nearly Legal

‘There are new provisions requiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th March 2015

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Assignments and anti-avoidance: the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 – New Square Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in appeals, covenants, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘The Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, applies to “new tenancies” – tenancies granted on or after 1 January 1996. It reformed privity of contract in this area, giving a clean break to tenants on assignment of a new tenancy, except for excluded assignments and authorised guarantee agreements(AGAs). A guarantor is released to the same extent as a tenant upon a lawful assignment. s.25(1)(a) makes void agreements which have effective to frustrate the provisions of the 1995 Act. Below is a look at recent decisions concerning the application of the anti-avoidance provision and of other provisions against that background.’

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New Square Chambers, February 2015

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The continuing problem of recovering the cost of improvements from leaseholders – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in costs, landlord & tenant, leases, local government, news, repairs by sally

‘The distinction between a repair and an improvement when a landlord carries out works to a property is often problematic. The volume and age of reported cases on this point shows this is not a recent problem.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 9th March 2015

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