Dispute Resolution

Landmark Court of Appeal decision welcomed by landlords

On 18 June 2020, the Court of Appeal handed down its long-awaited decision on the Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield case, offering hope for landlords regarding the contentious issue of whether failing to provide a gas safety record to a tenant, before they take occupation of a property, prevents t....

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Cancelled a holiday due to coronavirus? Know your rights

Millions of people have had their holiday plans disrupted over the last few months as coronavirus has halted both international and domestic travel. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now advising against all non-essential travel until further notice, meaning that would-be holidaymakers are des....

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Eviction ban extended for a further two months

On 5 June, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the current ban on evicting tenants from both social and privately rented accommodation would be extended for a further two months. Originally due to end on 25 June, the ban was first put in place in March to protect vulnerable renters from....

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Changes to rent collection methods

While the government says that most landlords and tenants are working well together to find mutually suitable solutions during the coronavirus lockdown, landlords have continued to exercise rent collection methods with a view to ensuring that rent continues to be paid. To help High Street busine....

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COVID-19: Commercial landlords and tenants

We recently produced a blog on the disputes that could potentially arise between landlords and tenants unable to pay their rent during the coronavirus outbreak. But what of commercial tenants? With businesses across the UK suffering a heavy blow to their finances, particularly those in the leisure,....

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COVID-19 evictions ban promise “watered down” in Coronvirus Act

On 18 March, housing secretary Robert Jenrick announced emergency legislation to protect renters experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With businesses across the UK forced to close or experiencing plummeting demand, employees are feeling the hit to their finan....

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Coronavirus – a force majeure event?

The COVID-19 outbreak is wreaking havoc on businesses across the nation, leaving many worrying about what would happen if reduced staff numbers or forced shutdown meant they were unable to fulfil their contractual obligations. As a result, companies are asking the question: would a ‘force majeure....

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Four-year ban for London rogue landlord

The government estimates that there are 10,500 rogue landlords currently operating in England. In recognition of this serious problem within the private rented sector, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced new powers for local authorities to crack down on the worst rogue landlords who repea....

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No-fault evictions – a thing of the past?

On 21 July, the government launched its consultation on the abolition of Section 21 Notices (more commonly known as ‘no-fault evictions’), with the aim of improving security for tenants in the private rented sector. The consultation ended last month and, with the government currently analysing ....

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Can my landlord legally forfeit my commercial lease?

A commercial lease usually includes the right for your landlord to peacefully re-enter the property and change the locks if you, as the tenant, have breached any conditions of the lease. Most usually this is due to failure to pay rent. Once your landlord has secured access, the lease is terminated.....

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As a commercial landlord are you aware of the procedures that need to be followed to terminate or renew a commercial lease?

If, as a landlord, you wish to terminate a lease, you need to consider the security of tenure granted to your business tenants by Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1945, as this affects how you can deal with the future of your premises.   What is security of tenure? The Landlord and....

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Practical advice for executors facing a Will challenge

Acting as an executor can be an arduous task; the role carries responsibilities, can be admin heavy, and it brings with it the need to deal with people going through a sad and difficult time. Sometimes, would-be beneficiaries can feel aggrieved if they think they have been left less than they consid....

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I want to challenge a Will – what should I do?

As you may already be aware, there are several grounds on which you can challenge a Will or make a claim against an estate. These include: Testamentary capacity – with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia being more widely diagnosed, claims made on the grounds that the deceased did not....

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Potholes – a personal injury hazard of our time

As we head towards spring, the cold snowy weather is still taking its toll on our roads. Potholes continue to be more than just an annoying feature of the UK’s road network - motorists, cyclists, joggers and walkers can often sustain serious personal injuries through coming into contact with this ....

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Goods bought in a sale that turn out to be faulty: Know your rights

With many of us heading off to the post-Christmas sales, or looking for bargains online, it pays to know what your rights are if you find that what you’ve bought turns out to be faulty. High street chains often brag about quibble-free returns, 28-day refund policies and other rights that are se....

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Boundary disputes – how to avoid crossing the line

Every year, neighbours find themselves falling out over boundary issues such as building works, fences, tree branches, leylandii hedges and shared access to property. Fierce battles are often waged over just a few inches of land, and can sometimes turn into prolonged and expensive legal disputes. ....

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