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Dispute Resolution

Update: ban on no-fault evictions will be law ahead of general election

Since the Conservative Party pledged to outlaw Section 21 Notices (otherwise known as no-fault eviction) in its 2019 election manifesto, the new legislation has been the subject of much discussion and debate. Charities and bodies acting for tenants have accused the government of not going far enoug....

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Renters Reform Bill enters parliament

Since our previous update on imminent reforms to the private rented sector, events have moved apace. The Renters Reform Bill – touted by the government as the biggest shakeup of renters’ rights in a generation – has now been introduced to parliament. It has now been through its first reading ....

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Assured shorthold tenancies – what’s changing?

In June 2022, the government announced the introduction of the Renters Reform Bill, which would result in sweeping changes across the private rented sector to level the long-perceived power imbalance between landlords and tenants. The bill is finally due to be published and introduced into Parli....

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How to win (or even avoid litigation) – Part 3

The story so far We saw in Parts 1 and 2 how you can win any trial that you have to go through by having the systems in place within your business to make sure all the evidence you might later need is generated and gathered on an ongoing basis. When you get in front of a judge, it’s all ab....

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How to win litigation, how to win it quickly- and how to avoid it altogether – Part 2

Introduction In Part 1 of our series, we showed you the steps you could take that’d help you win any court trial that your business had to go through. In this Part 2 we show how, if you do those things, you might never get to trial. Ending the case early When a dispute “goes....

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How to win litigation, how to win it quickly- and how to avoid it altogether – Part 1

Introduction If you have never been involved in a court case, well done! If you have, you’ll know of the cost in terms of time and money, and you’ll be familiar with the uncertainty and worry it brings. You’ll also know how long it can take to reach a conclusion – often years. ....

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Calling all landlords – Renters Reform Bill to be introduced in 2023

In the final months of 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, announced that the highly anticipated Renters Reform Bill (RRB) would be introduced in 2023. This means that landlords in the private rented sector should be acting now to prepare themselves....

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Answering your Dispute Resolution questions

When it comes to our Family Law or Wills & Probate departments, what we do is fairly self-explanatory, and our clients will usually understand the types of services we provide. Dispute Resolution, however, can be a different matter. There are many types of legal disputes that can require the ex....

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Building Safety Bill receives Royal Assent to become the Building Safety Act

The team at Attwaters were very pleased to hear that the Building Safety Bill has now received Royal Assent to become the Building Safety Act. Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) have reported that following the draft bill first announced in July 2020, on the 28th of Ap....

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A day in the life of… a Dispute Resolution lawyer

Our Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Leanne Philp, is a highly experienced and skilled lawyer specialising in contentious probate, breach of contract claims and building disputes – not to mention a busy mum! In her years as a lawyer, she has found that many people struggle to understand wh....

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A useful guide for employees and employers on the changes to PPE regulations at work

Here at Attwaters Jameson Hill we want to help employers and employees to remain safe and compliant, when it comes to PPE regulations. AND with World Day for Safety and Health at Work being celebrated on 28 April, the recent changes to PPE regulations are particularly pertinent. It’s so import....

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Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill announced

The government has published a press release announcing the next stage of its moratorium on commercial evictions due to rent arrears: the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on 9 November. Commercial landlords have been barred from evicting tenants unable to pa....

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The eviction ban has ended but landlords should still proceed with caution

In March 2020, the government introduced a series of emergency measures to protect residential tenants from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. One of these measures was a ban on residential possession proceedings and eviction, with the aim that “no renter in either social or privat....

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Enforcement of possession orders in the post-COVID era

On 1 June 2021, the ban on residential evictions was lifted in response to the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions. The enforcement process The first stage of an eviction is for a court to issue an order for possession telling your tenant to leave, or a suspended order for possession,....

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Landlords, remember the Section 17 Notice time window

With businesses continuing to face an uncertain financial future amid during the current lockdown, late rental payments continue to be an unfortunate and regular side-effect of the pandemic. This has had a knock-on effect on landlords’ profits as well, with the government implementing various res....

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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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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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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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