CMA Finally Launches Investigation Into the Leasehold Housing Market

June 19th 2019 | residential property

The Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) have initiated investigations to look into potential breaches of consumer protection law in the leasehold housing market. Particular concerns raised relate to the mis-selling of leasehold properties, potentially onerous and unfair contract terms pursuant to escalating ground rents; exorbitant service charges, consent and read more...

The Law Society introduces new Freehold Management Enquiries form (FME1)

May 22nd 2019 | residential property

The surge in freehold properties subject to estate/service charges (particularly on new developments) have led to the Law Society introducing a new standard form, Freehold Management Enquiries (“FME1”). The form includes standard questions that can be asked when acting for someone who is buying a freehold property that shares services read more...

Being a Lawyer is Hard!

April 12th 2019 | residential property

You operate like a machine to make sure your client’s needs are met and like gymnastics, every transaction is like an obstacle course. After completion, sometimes you get silence, often you get a quick thank you, on occasion a glowing report is sent to your boss and if you are read more...

Can You Break Your Commercial Lease Because of Brexit?

March 27th 2019 | commercial property

The short answer is NO – at least, not yet. Here’s why: This very question has just been answered by High Court judge, Mr Justice Smith, in the recent case of Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd & Ors v European Medicines Agency. This case concerns the ongoing battle between the read more...
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