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A reminder on protected tenancies

  When acting for a landlord or a buyer of a property one must remember to consider the concept of succession. Where a tenant is Rent Act 1977 protected, the landlord may well be burdened with a tenant for a number of years.  It is not uncommon for a buyer to acquire a freehold in …

A reminder on protected tenancies

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Injunction against development of car parking spaces

The High Court in, Kettel and others v Bloomfold Ltd [2012] EWHC 1422 (Ch) granted an injunction to a group of tenants in a block of flats preventing the landlord from developing land where the tenants’ car parking spaces were located.  The Court ruled that the car parking spaces granted to the tenants as part …

Injunction against development of car parking spaces

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An immigration reminder

Although this legislation was brought in on 1 February 2016, landlords need to be reminded that they must check the immigration status of their tenants or licencees. Landlords must check under the Immigration Act (sections 20-37 and Schedule 3) the status of prospective tenants and other authorised occupiers before a residential tenancy is entered into, …

An immigration reminder

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Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

Since the 1st June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 prohibits letting fees paid by tenants in the private rental sector and also caps tenancy deposits. The aim is to prevent landlords from charging tenants for anything other than rent, a tenancy deposit and a holding deposit. There are other permitted payments including interest charges, …

Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

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Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force on 1 April 2016 under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.  This also applies to residential buildings, required to have an EPC. Landlords are required to carry out energy improvement works to properties with an EPC rating of less than “E” in …

Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

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Can you Extinguish a Right of Way Through an Informal Agreement?

This is the third of several case studies that partner Mike Lewis & Associate Ben Walters covered in their recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. The recent case of Pezaro v Bourne highlights the fact that landowners need to ensure that informal agreements between them need to be documented. …

Can you Extinguish a Right of Way Through an Informal Agreement?

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