Enfranchisement – Good news for Landlords, bad news for Tenants

December 2nd 2019 | residential property

A recent decision by the Supreme Court ( Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd -v- Hautford Ltd [2019] UKSC47) determined that it was reasonable for a Landlord to decline a Tenant’s application to apply for planning permission for change of use of a property to residential, where that would read more...

5G Mobile Phone Mast Consultation

September 4th 2019 | residential property

Designed to support the deployment of 5G networks across England, the Government has proposed reforms to the development rights belonging to electronic communications code operators under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. The proposed reforms, designed to extend geographical network coverage, would allow Code operators read more...

Help to Buy Loans: There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

August 6th 2019 | residential property

Help to Buy in England was introduced to assist those buying a home on a new-build development. The Government, via Homes England, will provide an equity loan of up to 20% (outside London) and 40% (in London) subject to a maximum purchase price of £600,000 and on which no interest read more...

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...

Letting Agents Must Join Client Money Protection Scheme

March 25th 2019 | residential property

The Client Money Protection Schemes for Property Agents (Requirement to Belong to a Scheme etc.) Regulations 2019 come into force on 1 April 2019. The Regulations include a requirement for letting agents to join a government approved client money protection scheme, which provides a level of compensation of at least read more...

Right of Way for Owner's Adjoining Land is Only Ancillary

February 21st 2019 | residential property

A recent Court of Appeal case has re-confirmed that if land ceases to be used for an ancillary purpose, it can no longer be accessed via a right of way benefitting adjoining land.  Parker and another v Roberts [2019] EWCA Civ 121 (7 February 2019) involved a case where in read more...
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