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What does the decision of the Supreme Court in FirstPort Property Services Limited v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited and others mean for leaseholders?

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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Background   Unlike those living in freehold houses, flat owners need to consider the management of the building they live in and the surrounding communal areas. Historically, this management was solely the responsibility of the landlord, or in some...

Everything to know about the Right to Rent Scheme

Daniel Skinner
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Landlords in England of residential property must check whether a tenant, or lodger, is legally entitled to rent the property.  This was first introduced under the Immigration Act 2014. It was part of the Government’s “hostile...

Public Sector Equality Defences - Is there life in them yet?

Daniel Skinner
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Where a landlord is taking proceedings against a resident with a “protected characteristic”, two possible defences arise under the Equality Act. The first is the discrimination defence under s15 Equality Act where it is alleged the landlord is...

Residential Property Refresher - Section 47 & Section 48 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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Landlords still make this mistake and tenants often do not know any different so the problem isn’t trained away and continues to reoccur.  So what is the problem? Failing to comply with s.47 and s.48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 The...

What's on the horizon in leasehold reform?

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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The Government has confirmed that legislation will be bought forward allowing leaseholders to extend their leases by a maximum of 990 years at zero ground rent, turning away from the 50-year lease extension with ground for leasehold houses and a 90-year...

The Overall Arrangements for Possession Proceedings in England and Wales; Guidance

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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After several months of possession claims being stayed, the stay has now been lifted. The Master of the Rolls has set up a working group to address concerns about the consequences of the current stay on housing possession claims ending.  The group...

How do I appoint a new manager for my building?

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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Why appoint a new manager? Leaseholders are very often unhappy with the management of their block. Disputes over reasonableness of service charge is one of the main reasons for looking for a change, as they see their service charges increasing without...

Mandatory Electrical Safety Regulations from 1 July 2020

Bukola Obadun-Craigs
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The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 From 1 July 2020, private landlords will be required to ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period that the residential property is...