What is the price of safety? And who pays the price? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘On 14 June 2017, 72 people were killed when a huge fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower Block in West London. As we approach the anniversary of that appalling disaster, the inquiry into what happened has only just begun, with harrowing accounts from witnesses and survivors. One thing that does seem clear however, is that the retro-fitted cladding which was applied to the outside of the tower was entirely useless in slowing the blaze. Indeed, it seems that the cladding was itself flammable, feeding the flames, and was fitted in such a way as to aid the spread of the blaze.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th June 2018

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The costs of dangerous cladding – leaseholders position – Nearly Legal

Posted March 27th, 2018 in costs, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs, service charges by tracey

‘First Tier Tribunal LON/00AH/LSC/2017/0435 – Firstport Property Services Ltd v various leaseholders of Citiscape. We previously saw the Salford decision on the costs of a ‘waking watch’ in a tower with ‘Grenfell’ style cladding, but this was the first, keenly awaited, decision on the liability of leaseholders of an affected building (here in Croydon) to pay for the costs of removal and replacement of such cladding under their leases.’

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Nerarly Legal, 26th March 2018

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The ‘MV Renos’ [2018] EWCA Civ 230 – 4 New Square

Posted March 16th, 2018 in insurance, news, repairs, shipping law by sally

‘In the ‘MV Renos’ the Court of Appeal had to determine whether the Respondents (“Owners”) had lost the right to abandon the vessel and claim that it was a constructive total loss (“CTL”).’

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4 New Square, 21st February 2018

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Ecclesiastical court judgments – February 2018 – Law & Religion UK

‘Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during February 2018.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd March 2018

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Homeowners battle freeholder over £20,000 ‘Grenfell bill’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, London, news, repairs, service charges, tribunals by tracey

‘Residents of a luxury north London apartment block are battling their freeholder over who should pay a multi-million-pound bill to replace dangerous Grenfell-style cladding, and for the wages of fire marshals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2018

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Deliberate breach of faculty conditions – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 6th, 2018 in Church of England, construction industry, ecclesiastical law, news, repairs by tracey

‘In 2014 we posted “Ignorance of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules is no excuse…”, and expanding on this theme, “Risks of disregarding the faculty jurisdiction” in June 2016. The recent case Re St Peter & St Paul Pettistree [2017] ECC SEI 6 concerned a “deliberate and avoidable” breach of the terms of the faculty by a professional on the list of DAC-approved architects.’

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Law & Religion UK, 6th February 2018

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Water into gas should not go – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 5th, 2018 in appeals, compensation, energy, news, repairs, water, water companies by sally

‘When the supply of gas to your house fails, you are entitled to compensation from the gas undertaker for the inconvenience. If that failure has been caused by another utility’s burst water main, the gas undertaker may seek to recoup its expenses for repair to its own infrastructure and the compensation it has had to pay out to consumers. A simple enough picture.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd February 2018

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Fire Safety – Who Pays? – Nearly Legal

Posted February 5th, 2018 in costs, fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Since the extent of the issues with the cladding to blocks of flats became clear after Grenfell, and it became clear that private blocks as well as social were affected, we have been waiting for the beginning of the legal fall out over who was to pay for rectifying the problems. For leaseholders in those blocks, this was always going to be a very serious issue.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th February 2018

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Ryan v Villarosa [2017] UKUT 466 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted January 9th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, repairs, tribunals by sally

‘In a conflict between a clear scheme of covenants and complimentary service charge machinery, and ambiguous declarations as to the relationship between one of the parties to the lease and a third party, (both contained in the same lease) the scheme takes precedence and is binding on the parties – coherence trumps uncertainty where provisions are in conflict.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 8th January 2018

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Potholes Galore! – Zenith PI

‘Crawley v Barnsley MBC [2017] 1WLR 2329 may well have surprised both local authorities and those who follow the law reports. It strikes one as very much a decision on its own facts and typical of the numerous cases which these days clutter the Lexis reports. If it does indeed state a matter of principle, it may be thought a singular advance on previous authorities.’

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Zenith PI, 26th July 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: tenants’ rights and the gaps in the law – Legal Voice

‘The Grenfell Action Group and residents raised repeated concerns about the apparent neglect of health and safety legislation. Whilst there are several potential causes of action, the reality for tenants is that they would have struggled to bring a claim for a number of reasons.’

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Legal Voice, 23rd June 2017

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Oliver v Sheffield City Council [2017] EWCA Civ. 225 – Tanfield Chambers

‘A local authority was required to give credit to leaseholders for funds received from third-parties when recovering a contribution to the cost of major works.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 1st June 2017

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An unsatisfactory situation – Tanfield Chambers

‘Since the Supreme Court turned the law of dispensation from the consultation requirements upside down in Daejan Investments Ltd v Benson [2013] UKSC 14; [2013] 2 EGLR 45, the Upper Tribunal has been troubled with very few cases involving the requirements to consult leaseholders on major works. However, the decision in Lessees of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court v Camden London Borough Council and others [2016] UKUT 366 (LC); [2016] EGLR 59 has rewritten preconceptions as to who needs to be consulted and caused landlords some new headaches.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 12th June 2017

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Waiving goodbye to the breach: repairing obligations and waiver of breach – The 36 Group

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, landlord & tenant, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Repairing obligations are almost universally incorporated in commercial and residential leases and licences. In the general sense an obligation to repair is to carry out such repairs and maintenance as might be required from time to time (although much can depend upon the precise wording of the covenant/obligation). Where there is a breach by a tenant or licensee, the covenant is broken everyday the property is out of repair: the breach, therefore, is of a continuing nature. ‘

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The 36 Group, 6th February 2017

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Reasonable costs of Improvements – Nearly Legal

‘We saw the Upper Tribunal take a new approach to determining whether the costs of improvement works, passed on through the service charge, were reasonably incurred. The UT held that particular consideration should have been given to the views of the leaseholders, whether they could be done more cheaply and the financial circumstances of the leaseholders.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th February 2017

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Councils should be forced to fix potholes immediately, Court of Appeal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in local government, news, repairs, road safety, roads by sally

‘Councils should be forced to fix serious potholes immediately the Court of Appeal has ruled, after judges found in favour of a jogger who hurt his ankle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2017

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Perception of doors – Nearly Legal

‘The issue in this Upper Tribunal case was whether LB Southwark was entitled charge the leaseholders for works to replace communal doors and front entrance doors carried out during fire safety improvement works on the estate (some 10 block of flats).’

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Nearly Legal, 29th January 2017

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Southwark LBC v Various Lessees of the St Saviours Estate – Arden Chambers

Posted January 27th, 2017 in fire, landlord & tenant, news, repairs by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has held, in dismissing the authority’s appeal, that a front entrance or communal door within a block of flats is not in disrepair merely because it has been modified or replaced. A door, which was designed to provide 20 or 30 minutes’ fire resistance, will only cease to be in repair if there is evidence, following an assessment by an expert in fire resistance, that the physical condition of the door is such that it is no longer able to provide the same fire resistance as when originally constructed.’

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Arden Chambers, January 2017

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

MPs to scrutinise cost of parliament restoration works – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2017 in inquiries, listed buildings, news, parliament, repairs, reports, select committees by sally

‘MPs have launched an inquiry into the planned renovation of the Palace of Westminster amid concerns it may not provide value for money.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2017

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Supreme Court dismisses appeal by council over payout for closure of pier – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 29th, 2016 in compensation, emergency powers, local government, news, repairs by tracey

‘A borough council is facing a payout following the loss of a Supreme Court battle over compensation payable when the local authority used its emergency powers to close a pier.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk