Where to now? End of eviction ban leaves tenants fearing for future – The Guardian

‘Soon landlords will be able to take action against renters again, which many fear could lead to a rise in homelessness.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2020

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High Court rejects challenge to award by arbitrator favouring council in property lease dispute – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2020 in dispute resolution, landlord & tenant, leases, local government, news, rent by sally

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a bid by a landlord to have set aside an arbitrator’s award that favoured a council as tenant of a city centre property.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2020

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Coronavirus and property: keep taking the medicine – Falcon Chambers

‘In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic Parliament has been, and continues to be, very active. This note provides a quick update in relation to the latest developments on four fronts: (1) forfeiture; (2) CRAR; (3) insolvency; (4) planning.’

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Falcon Chambers, 29th June 2020

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Charity appeals for urgent change in law to prevent mass evictions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 8th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘Housing charity Shelter has called for emergency changes to the Housing Act to prevent large numbers of private renters from being evicted when the ban on evictions ends on 23rd August.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2020

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Landlord’s knowledge of breach: waiver of forfeiture Faiz v Burnley BC [2020] EWCA 407 (Ch); 2 WLUK 318 (Ch D) – St Ives Chambers

Posted July 1st, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, covenants, forfeiture, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘The High Court in Faiz considered the interrelationship between a landlord’s knowledge and the date of accrual of a tenant’s liability and their effect on waiver of forfeiture.’

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St Ives Chambers, June 2020

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Waiver of the right to forfeit – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The recent case of Faiz & Ors v Burnley Borough Council [2020] EWHC 407 (Ch) provides clarity on a tricky practical issue: when can a landlord accept monies after it gains knowledge of its right to forfeit?’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th June 2020

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Large chambers “should give space to smaller ones” – Legal Futures

Posted June 17th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, inns of court, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘Large chambers should be prepared to look after smaller sets “chased out” by their landlords by sharing premises and clerks, a senior criminal law barrister has said.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2020

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Turnover Rents for Retail – the Way Forward in Recession? Sharing the pain and (hopefully) the gain – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 15th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘Some legal property commentators have been wondering how a commercial open market rent can be set for business premises when the relevant valuation date falls during the lockdown period or will arrive in coming months. They bemoan the likely lack of comparables and wring their hands. Personally, I have great faith in the skillset of expert valuers’ to meet this particular challenge. However, for my part, the true question is whether such commentators are actually looking at matters through the right end of the telescope?’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

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Landlord’s certification conclusive and binding on issues of law? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in covenants, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repairs, service charges, set-off by sally

‘This appeal was against the Deputy Master’s refusal in [2019] EWHC 3414 (Ch) to dismiss Blacks, the tenant’s counterclaim or to grant a summary money judgement in relation to S&H, the landlord’s claim for rent for over £400,000. It raised complicated issues concerning the construction and inter-relation between a set-off clause and a certification provision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th June 2020

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Master of Rolls sets up working group as concerns expressed about end to stay on housing possession claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, has established a cross-sector working group to address concerns about the consequences of the current stay on housing possession claims ending.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th June 2020

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Tenant eviction ban in England and Wales extended by two months – The Guardian

‘The government has extended its ban on evictions in England and Wales by a further two months, prolonging the breathing space for thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay the rent during lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2020

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High Court judge hands down ruling on secure flexible tenancies and possession during fixed term – Local Government Lawyer

A landlord cannot determine a flexible tenancy prior to the expiry of its fixed term without a forfeiture clause even in the event of default by the tenant, the High Court has ruled.

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th June 2020

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Thousands of UK tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2020 in coronavirus, debts, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the pandemic lockdown face the prospect of losing their home from the end of the month when the government’s temporary ban on evictions ends, housing campaigners have warned.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2020

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Commercial Leases & Insolvency – An Overview – Pump Court Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in coronavirus, insolvency, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by sally

‘With many businesses large and small struggling to survive or collapsing into administration or liquidation landlords are particularly vulnerable to rent arrears and the difficulty of finding a suitable tenant to replace the existing. The following is an overview of what steps a landlord can take in this uncertain world.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 26th May 2020

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Administration of estates involving land during the pandemic – The 36 Group

Posted May 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, executors, news, rent, repossession, sale of land by sally

‘It is common for the estates of deceased persons to have as part of their assets land occupied by persons other than the personal representatives. This property might comprise residential or business premises let to tenants and generating an income for the estate, or, a common case, property occupied by the deceased together with a licensee (such as an adult child of the deceased) until death and which continues to be occupied by that licensee after death. The circumstances of the pandemic and its attendant legislation may complicate dealings with such premises, and those complications are considered here.’

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The 36 Group, 27th April 2020

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Not signed, not sealed, not delivered – Nearly Legal

‘A first instance county court judgment on a possession claim, but with a range of interesting issues. The Ratcliffes were the landlords, Ms Patterson was the tenant and Mr Porter a guarantor, who played no part in proceedings. The tenancy was an assured shorthold tenancy with the most recent fixed term beginning in June 2018. Rent arrears accrued (on which more later) and the Ratcliffes brought a claim for possession under grounds 8, 10 and 11 Schedule 2 Housing Act 1988.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th April 2020

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Adverse Possession by Diverting Rent: The Most Unfair Nonsense – Falcon Chambers

Posted April 24th, 2020 in adverse possession, chambers articles, land registration, news, rent by sally

‘Gary Cowen QC considers a recent decision of the First Tier Tribunal (Land Registration) on adverse possession claims to unregistered land based on the collection of rent for a period of twelve years.’

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Falcon Chambers, April 2020

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Commercial property landlords banned from demanding rent arrears – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2020 in coronavirus, debts, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession, winding up by sally

‘Commercial property landlords in the UK have been temporarily banned from taking legal action against tenants who have not paid their rent, to protect retailers and other businesses from “aggressive rent collection” during the coronavirus crisis.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2020

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Probability of violence and dates of actions – Nearly Legal

Posted April 21st, 2020 in appeals, domestic violence, homelessness, housing, local government, news, rent by sally

‘A second appeal on a homelessness review, where a finding of intentional homelessness had been upheld, raising an important point on whether events or factors post-dating the decision or action that led to eviction need to be considered on review.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th April 2020

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Does CRAR mean the right to forfeiture is waived? Commercial landlords should carefully consider their options… – Tanfield Chambers

Posted April 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, forfeiture, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by sally

‘The procedure by which a landlord may recover arrears of rent in relation to commercial premises was fundamentally changed several years ago. Chapter 2 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 abolished the common law right to distrain for arrears of rent, replacing it with the commercial rent arrears recovery procedure (‘CRAR’). But what has been the impact of this change on whether a landlord taking enforcement action to recover arrears waived his right to forfeiture of a lease?’

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Tanfield Chambers, 9th April 2020

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