No defence, no reasonableness – service charges and referral to the Tribunal. – Nearly Legal

Posted June 11th, 2021 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, news, service charges, striking out, tribunals by tracey

‘Gell v 32 St John’s Road (Eastbourne) Management Company Ltd (2021) EWCA Civ 789. This is one of those cases where the Court of Appeal says “It is perhaps surprising that in the 35 years since the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 was enacted the effect on a claim for service charges of the striking out of a defence has not been determined”, and my first reaction is that really, it is rather surprising that it has come up at all. Nonetheless, it has, and if you have spent 35 years waiting for clarity on this point, you are in luck. However, the judgment does have some significant things to say about referrals to the First Tier Tribunal (PC) from the courts, and the position after a struck out defence.’

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Nearly Legal, 6th June 2021