Residential Property Insights


There has been a lot in the news recently about buildings suffering from defective cladding which may pose a fire risk.  Building owners have been left with the high costs of replacement works, and leaseholders are frequently served with substantial service charge demands. So, what is going on? We look to clarify some of the … Continued

Our specialist enfranchisement paralegal Jaime Burgess has given an expert insight for the News on the Block Q&A, answering the vital question “Do I need a lease extension?” In this article, Jaime explains when and why obtaining a lease extension is advisable, and provides a useful explanation of the costs involved. Read the full article … Continued

We’re pleased to announce that Piers King, one of our property solicitors, is now writing a weekly column for the Evening Standard, answering readers’ questions about property law issues. Piers’s first Q&A instalment can be found here. Piers would be happy to advise and assist you with any property law transactions or issues that you … Continued

Special Purpose Vehicles As a firm we act for many property investors and developers. Many clients ask us about whether it’s better to buy, develop and own property via a limited company and in doing so, setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). There are complex considerations in advising on SPVs, involving tax and many … Continued

The short answer is yes, it is often possible to extend a lease fairly rapidly but not overnight. Care and caution should be exercised before approaching a freeholder to extend your lease, however tempting and/or important it is to seek to extend quickly. If you need to extend your lease, we are highly experienced in … Continued

Statutory compensation for failure to protect tenancy deposits: dealing with claims by one of a number of co-tenants Summary points 1. Section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 requires private landlords to protect tenancy deposits in an authorised scheme and to serve “prescribed information” on tenants within a 30-day period. 2. If either or both … Continued

Landlords beware: Getting your AST right from the go! Are you a residential landlord? Landlords entering into an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) should do so with care. They need to get things right from the outset, otherwise problems could be stored up for later. The tenancy deposit is one issue that frequently catches landlords off … Continued