News & Publications: Landlord & Tenant

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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Tenancy Deposit Scheme: what are the penalties for the landlord if things go wrong?

June 8th, 2015

Okadigbo v Chan (2014) EWHC 4729 (QB) It is common for the landlord to take a dilapidations deposit at the start of a tenancy as a safeguard in case the tenant causes any damage to the property. The Housing Act 2004 introduced regulations which have, since April 2007, required deposits to be placed in approved […]

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The Right to Manage – can an RTM Company manage more than one building?

April 23rd, 2015

The right to manage was introduced by the Commonhold and leaseholder Reform Act 2002, which created the ability for a “right to manage” company (‘RTM company’) to be formed and exercise the management functions contained in the leases, such as insuring the block and collecting service charges. This right is exercisable in respect of a […]

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More good news for landlords?

February 19th, 2015

In the recent case of R (Tummond) v Reading County Court [2014] EWHC 1039, an application for judicial review was refused by the High Court. The tenant of a property initially defended possession proceedings brought under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and his defence had been dismissed. The tenant appealed but was not […]

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Common sense prevails – Francis v Phillips

February 12th, 2015

Francis v Phillips [2014] EWCA Civ 1395 You may recall that in December 2012, in the High Court, a judgment was handed down by the Chancellor in Phillips v Francis [2012] EWHC 3650 (Ch), determining that all of the qualifying works carried out in a given year were to be aggregated, and that the cost […]

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What is the scope of the Tribunal’s powers under s20C

August 17th, 2014

What is the scope of the Tribunal’s powers when making an order under section 20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985? In SCMLLA (Freehold) Limited [2014] UKUT 0058 (LC), the Upper Tribunal was required to consider the above question, following an appeal from the then LVT. Section 20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act […]

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Commercial rent arrears recovery

May 14th, 2014

Historically, a landlord had the common law right of distrain available when a tenant fell into arrears of rent. This was essentially the landlord’s ability to enter leased premises, without notice, to seize the tenant’s possessions and sell them to set off against rent arrears. However, the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 abolished that […]

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MacGregor v B M Samuels Finance Group Plc [2013] UKUT 471 (LC)

October 31st, 2013

How far does the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) extend when dealing with service charge disputes? A comment on the decision in MacGregor v B M Samuels Finance Group Plc [2013] UKUT 471 (LC). The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) recently gave a ruling limiting the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“the Tribunal”)’s jurisdiction […]

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Don’t be coerced into paying service charges…

September 21st, 2013

Being a residential leaseholder, you are likely to be asked to pay service charges by your landlord on your regular basis. You may consider the service charges to be too high and you should be aware that when you receive a service charge bill from your landlord, you do not necessarily have to accept the […]

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