News & Publications: Landlord & Tenant

Service charges – repairs v improvements

April 2nd, 2018

Where lessees are obliged to pay service charges under the terms of their lease, they are afforded protection by section 19 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (‘the Act’), which provides that costs shall only be take into account in determining the service charge payable for a period where they are “reasonably incurred” and […]

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Losing your right to a new lease

March 5th, 2018

Leaseholders who have owned residential flats for more than two years are entitled to ask the landlord to extend their existing lease by a period of 90 years in return for the payment of a premium, provided certain exclusions do not apply. A leaseholder’s entitlement comes from Chapter II of the Leaseholder Reform, Housing and […]

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No change to the status quo

January 31st, 2018

The Court of Appeal, in the case of Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate [2018] EWCA Civ 35, delivered a much anticipated judgment on 24 January 2018 in respect of the method of valuing the premium payable by leaseholders for a lease extension pursuant to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act […]

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Tough times for landlords

September 25th, 2017

Landlords have come under increasing pressure, and this pressure has been ramping up over the last few months with no end in sight. These truly has been a couple of years to forget for landlords and in this article, we consider some of the burdens being placed on landlords and the possible effects of these. […]

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What is unreasonableness and how can I recover costs in the Tribunal

November 4th, 2016

A commentary on Willow Court Management Company (1985) Limited v Alexander [2016] UKUT 0290 (LC) and the recovery of costs in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) The power of a Tribunal to award costs is governed by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (‘the Act’), which provides at section 29 that the costs of […]

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Long leases and Air BnB

November 2nd, 2016

Given the rise of short-term lets, particularly as a result of the growing popularity of platforms such as AirBnB, the judgment of HHJ Stuart Brigg in Nemcova v Fairfield Rents Limited [2016] UKUT 303 (LC) is one of some interest. The facts of this dispute were fairly straightforward. The tenant had admitted to letting her […]

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To whom does art belong?

January 13th, 2016

There is an age old question that remains unanswered: does art belong to the artist who created it; to the person who has bought it; or to everyone? In the matter of The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited and others [2015], the High Court had to answer a similar – although not quite as […]

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Renewal commissions in letting agreements

September 17th, 2015

A recap on the decision in OFT v Foxtons Ltd. Back in 2009, the Office of Fair Trading brought an action against Foxtons in respect of various provisions in the terms and conditions for their letting-only service relating to the payment of commissions. Specifically, the OFT sought a declaration that these terms (payment of renewal […]

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Good news for landlords

September 12th, 2015

A comment on the decision in Chaplair v Kumrai [2015] EWCA Civ 798. In the last article that was posted on the subject of collection of service charge arrears, it was suggested that it is becoming somewhat difficult to recover the costs of proceedings instigated to recover service charge arrears when a claim is allocated […]

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Collection of Service Charge arrears

September 5th, 2015

Recovery of costs in the Small Claims Court. A very popular method of collecting service charge arrears is for a landlord to issue a claim in the County Court for damages. On many occasions, the leaseholder will not respond and so a judgment in default is obtained. This can be relied on as a determination […]

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