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Gas safety certificates and Section 21 evictions – good news for residential landlords

In a welcome move for landlords, the Supreme Court has provided some long-awaited clarity on how late compliance with providing a gas safety certificate affects, or rather doesn’t, Section 21... Read full article

How to stop a boundary dispute with a neighbour from spiralling out of control

Neighbours who were once good friends have fallen out over just 17 inches of garden in a boundary dispute which has left them both at least £90,000 poorer after legal costs. Even the County Court... Read full article

Reforming Companies House – what will it mean?

Proposed changes to the way businesses are registered at Companies House aim to tackle, at long last, numerous loopholes that make the current system vulnerable to abuse. The government’s long... Read full article

Owed money by an insolvent company? Here’s what to do next.

As the number of companies entering into an insolvency process soars, the chances of your business being caught in the crossfire is now higher than ever before. The latest figures from the Insolvency... Read full article

‘Sexually predatory’ manager who won case for unfair dismissal not entitled to compensation

A senior manager fired for sexually harassing up to ten junior female colleagues has won his case for unfair dismissal because his employer did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures, a... Read full article

Pension providers gain new powers to halt suspicious transfers

New rules aimed at stopping the rising number of pension transfer scams – in which people can lose their entire life savings – are now in force. Between 2017 and 2020, the Financial Conduct... Read full article

Winding-Up Petitions & Statutory Demands effective from 1 October 2021

Is your bad debtor list shielded by these updated restrictions? The Government has recently announced that restrictions on Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions under the Corporate Insolvency... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article

Residential landlords – ban on tenant evictions extended again

The ban on residential evictions due to come to an end this month has been extended again until 31 May 2021. This means that no bailiff enforcement action will be allowed before that date except in... Read full article

Property law reform bringing new lease extension rights for millions of leaseholders is in sight

The government is to reform ancient leasehold laws in a bid to introduce a fairer system of home ownership in England and Wales. Legislation is planned which will allow both flat and house... Read full article

We are unmarried but our relationship has broken down…..what are my next steps?

During these difficult times, relationships are under even more pressure than usual.  We often see a rise in enquiries following the Christmas period when families have spent a great deal of time... Read full article

What do the complex new possession rules for residential landlords mean?

Landlords seeking to repossess a property are now required to provide information about how their tenant’s position has been affected by Covid-19 in their claim. If they don’t, judges have the... Read full article

Covid-19 related commercial disputes – look at mediation first, say judges

When settling a commercial dispute, the importance of at least trying mediation has been highlighted by three recent cases in which the judge took a dim view of the defendants’ failure to do so. It... Read full article

Breaches of Repair Covenants in Commercial Leases and Forfeiture

Update: Coronavirus Act 2020 Please be aware that the Coronavirus Act 2020 might affect a landlord’s right to proceed with forfeiture during the pandemic. At time of writing there is a moratorium... Read full article

Age discrimination and the entertainment industry – inherently linked but can it ever be justified?

‘Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting’. This was Sky Sports presenter Jeff Sterling’s tweet in response to ITV’s decision to remove Clive Tyldesley from his lead role with ITV. His... Read full article

Good news for residential landlords – possession hearings to re-start in August

To the relief of many landlords, the government has announced it will not extend the ongoing evictions ban after 23 August with court possession hearings to re-start the day after. This means that... Read full article

Whose right of way? Not your gate to brick up, court tells residents’ association.

For one property owner and their tenant, it must have been quite a shock to discover that the gateway giving access from the end of their walled garden into a private lane had been bricked up Yet... Read full article

New: Tenant Fees Act 2019 extended

1 June 2020 – The Tenant Fees Act now applies to all existing Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) and most residential licences, regardless of when the tenancy began. When the legislation was first... Read full article

Holiday refunds – making sure you get yours

When it comes to claiming a refund for a flight or holiday cancelled because of Covid-19, the law is on your side. However, particularly in the middle of a pandemic, enforcing your rights is not... Read full article

Landlords – extension of the eviction ban and recovering rent arrears

With the ban on residential evictions now extended from 25 June for another two months, many landlords will be increasingly concerned about their financial security. The move, introduced as part of... Read full article
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