Residential property news

Restrictive covenants and permitted development

Developers will be interested in two recent cases: In the first, the High Court held that if a residential basement involves engineering operations amounting to a "separate activity of substance", express planning permission from the local...

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today

“Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” - Benjamin Franklin If the flats in your building each benefit from a share in the company that holds the freehold, it is often said that the Property is "share of freehold"...

Residential service charges: who should consult subtenants?

Landlords of residential premises who are obliged to comply with the Consultation Requirements should take note of an important decision in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). This decision clarifies that superior landlords intending to carry out qualifying...

Landlord and tenant: reducing exposure to repairing obligations

A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

Tribunal Fees for Enfranchisement Matters

Fees for applications in respect of enfranchisement matters made to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal will be introduced later this month, a year on from when the Ministry of Justice proposed a new round of court fee rises. To date there have...

Housing and Planning Act 2016: implications for landlords and property agents

Landlords and property agents will be interested in the implications of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which introduces a range of planning and housing reforms. These include changes providing that: Rogue landlords and letting agents may be subject to...

Iris-Ann Stapleton Highly Commended as Young Professional of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that our colleague Iris-Ann Stapleton has been awarded Highly Commended as Young Professional of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2016.  The annual awards recognise professional excellence in the...

2016 Budget Stamp Duty Land Tax Update

As from 17 March 2016, the Stamp Duty on non-residential property has been changed. The rates are now as follows: Portion of the transaction valueSDLT Part up to £150,0000% Part between £150,001 and £250,0002% Part over...

Residential landlord unable to claim costs for settling dispute via service charge

Residential landlords should take note of an Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decision. The tribunal held that a landlord of a residential estate comprising three blocks of flats was not entitled to recover through the service charge the sums it paid to settle...

Break clauses in leases important Supreme Court judgment

Landlords will breathe a sigh of relief following a Supreme Court decision. The court ruled that it was not appropriate to imply a term into a lease that entitled a tenant to a refund of the rent, car parking licence fee and insurance charges that it had...
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