Commercial lease renewal: the death of contrived developments – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 14th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Alexander Bastin discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62 on whether a landlord can oppose the grant of a new tenancy by relying on section 30 (1)(f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, if the works which it says it intends to do have no purpose other than to get rid of the tenant.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th December 2018

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Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd and the contingent obligation principle; or ‘What do promises to marry have to do with leasehold covenants?’ – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘In Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 the Court of Appeal applied what might be called ‘the contingent obligation principle’ to solve a problem that had arisen between the landlord (11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd) of two houses that had been converted into 18 flats and two of the lessees, Dr Julia Duval of flats 11G and 11H, and Mrs Winfield of Flat 13.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th November 2018

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Disclaiming Disclaimer – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in abuse of process, bona vacantia, Crown, leases, news by sally

‘When a company is dissolved, all its property and rights (including leasehold property) are deemed to be bona vacantia and accordingly belong to the Crown. Pursuant to s.1013 of the Companies Act 2006, where property so vests in the Crown, the Crown’s title to it may be disclaimed by a notice signed by the Crown representative. By s.1017 of the Act, the court may make an order vesting disclaimed property in a person with an interest in it.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th December 2018

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Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited & Others [2018] EWHC 3363 (TCC) – 4 New Square

Posted December 11th, 2018 in construction industry, contracts, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited & Others [2018] EWHC 3363 (TCC) concerned the development of student accommodation in Plymouth. Mears Limited (“Mears”) alleged that there were substantial and material deviations from the contractual drawings and sought declarations preventing the certification of practical completion, the practical effect of which was to allow Mears to terminate its agreement to take a lease of the accommodation.’

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4 New Square, 10th December 2018

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New Judgment: S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62 – UKSC Blog

‘This appeal considered the construction of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. It specifically considered whether a landlord which intends to carry out works if, and only if, those works are necessary to satisfy s 30(1)(f), and which offers an undertaking to carry out those works in the form of the undertaking given by the respondent in the present case, has the requisite intention for the purposes of ground (f). It also considered whether a landlord whose sole or predominant commercial objective is to undertake works in order to fulfil ground (f) and thereby avoid the grant of a new lease to the tenant, and which offers an undertaking to carry out those works in the form of an undertaking given in the present case, has the requisite intention for the purposes of ground (f).’

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UKSC Blog, 5th December 2018

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Law Commission seeks to jump-start commonhold demand – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is hoping to reinvigorate demand for an alternative form of property ownership that struggled to gain traction when it was introduced nearly two decades ago.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th December 2018

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Court applies state aid rules in lease dispute – 11 KBW

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, leases, local government, news, sport, state aids by sally

‘James Goudie QC explains how the Court of Appeal reached its conclusion, in a dispute over a lease extension, that the extension granted to the owners of a football club by a local authority was not state aid.’

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11 KBW, 13th November 2018

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Expand ‘commonhold’ ownership system, government urged – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2018 in Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘The rarely used “commonhold” system of home ownership should be expanded as an alternative to landlord-controlled leaseholds which are increasingly resented, the Law Commission is recommending.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Service charge claims – paying trial fees and concurrent jurisdiction – Nearly Legal

Posted November 12th, 2018 in fees, jurisdiction, leases, news, service charges by tracey

‘Hyslop v 38/41 CHG Residents Company Ltd QBD 05/11/2018. CHG were the freeholder of a property with various leasehold flats. The FTT had determined that Ms Hyslop and other leaseholders owed CHG certain service charges. H applied to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal out of time and this was granted. However CHG then brought a claim in the county court against H for non payment of service charges over a five year period.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th November 2018

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Who needs a wall anyway? Unfit to occupy and risk of collapse – Nearly Legal

Posted November 12th, 2018 in defective premises, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by tracey

‘Or, the significance of tenancy agreement clauses.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th November 2018

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Valuation under evaluation: proposals for reform – Tanfield Chambers

‘Nicola Muir considers the Law Commission’s options for reforming the valuation of residential lease extensions.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th October 2018

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Nicholas Saunderson v Cambridge Park Court Residents Association Limited [2018] UKUT 182 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 5th, 2018 in appeals, covenants, housing, jurisdiction, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal considered the extent of a tenant’s liability to pay for communal heating when that obligation arose only by an estoppel by convention and, in fact, the tenant’s flat was no longer connected to the communal system.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th October 201

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Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

‘The UT comprised of Holgate J and HHJ Hodge QC (also sitting as County Court judges) gave valuable guidance concerning the importance of judges maintaining jurisdictional clarity and seperation when sitting as both FTT judges and County Court judges under the Residential Property Dispute Deployment Pilot.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th October 2018

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A not so short assured shorthold tenancy – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 5th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, leases, limitations, news, rent by sally

‘The ground rent scandal can give rise to accidental ASTs with unexpected consequences.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th October 2018

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Universal Credit – more woes – Nearly Legal

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in benefits, housing, leases, mesne profits, news, regulations, rent by sally

‘The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 contain certain exclusions from the housing element of Universal Credit.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st November 2018

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A way to deal with delinquent lessors? – Nearly Legal

Posted October 26th, 2018 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by tracey

‘A not infrequent problem for leaseholders is a landlord who takes a lackadaisical approach to enforcing leasehold covenants, or worse yet allows or waives breaches of covenants by certain leaseholders.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th October 2018

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Property Guardians – licence not tenancy in office building – Nearly Legal

Posted October 26th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, repossession by tracey

‘Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Khoo (2018) EWHC 2296 (QB). This is quite a significant judgment on the issue of property guardians and the licence/tenancy distinction. This was Mr Khoo’s appeal of a first instance possession judgment that found his occupation was under a licence, not a tenancy.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd October 2018

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Council wins Court of Appeal battle over stadium and state aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘Coventry City Council has won a Court of Appeal case in the latest round of a four-year long litigation saga over the city’s sports stadium the Ricoh Arena.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2018

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Plans to stop house buyers being ‘exploited’ by ripoff leases delayed, almost a year after government promise – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in consultations, housing, leases, news, rent by tracey

‘Flagship plans to stop house buyers being “exploited” by ripoff leases have been delayed, nearly a year after the government vowed to act.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2018

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Law Commission publishes leasehold reform proposals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 25th, 2018 in consultations, enfranchisement, Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘Detailed proposals to reform the leasehold enfranchisement process and make it easier and cheaper for leaseholders in England and Wales to purchase the freehold of their house or flat have been published by the Law Commission.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th September 2018

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