Japanese knotweed

Knot again! Japanese knotweed and property

Japanese knotweed can cause property owners numerous issues. From costly eradication works, to reducing the property value. We take a look at Japanese knotweed, and some recent cases involving knotweed on neighbouring land, and a professional negligence claim against a surveyor that did not spot…


Dealing with noisy neighbours

Every now and then, people suffer from excess noise caused by the occupiers of nearby properties. These could be the people in the neighbouring house who enjoy blasting out music late at night. However, equally, local businesses can also cause noise nuisance. Commercial noise nuisance could be…


Keeping to the brief: architects’ negligence

Architecture. Whilst a laudable profession, is not one in which mistakes never happen. However, what are the extent of those mistakes? Well, that depends upon the particular circumstances. However, recently, the High Court (Martin Bowdery QC ((the Judge)) to be precise) delved into such matters in…


Fundamental dishonesty in personal injury claims

Defendants allege fundamental dishonesty in personal injury cases where they believe that the Claimant (the person bring the claim) is acting dishonestly or fraudulently in relation to their evidence. The Defendant will ask the Court to dismiss the claim on the grounds that the Claimant has been…


Ground rent increases and unexpected Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Many freeholders are selling leasehold properties which are subject to unreasonable ground rent provisions. Landlords can only increase the ground rent if the lease contains a provision allowing them to do so. In some cases, such provision can create an unreasonable or excessive annual rent amount.…


Government announces fund to cover recladding

Just last month, I wrote about how some owners of high-rise buildings with Grenfell Tower-style cladding (aluminium composite material, known as ACM) were attempting to recover the cost of the recladding from the owners of the flats. However, today, the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire has…


HMO licensing - avoiding a costly mistake

It is well known that landlords of residential premises must comply with various laws to ensure their tenants’ health and safety. For example, where the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), the landlord may require a licence from the local authority. We have looked previously at the…


Government proposes to abolish section 21 notices

The Government has announced this week its intention to review the way that landlords can recover possession of residential properties. They intend to get rid of the “no fault” eviction process. This is with a view to giving tenants more security in their homes. So what is proposed, and how will…


What is Qualified One-way Costs Shifting (QOCS)?

What is QOCS? Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) applies to all claims concerning damages for death or personal injury commencing after 1 April 2013. When you commence a claim, whether it is a claim for debt recovery or breach of contract, the judge will decide who pays the legal costs. The…


Stamp Duty Land Tax on residential property transactions

When purchasing property in the UK, there are different ways that Stamp Duty Land Tax (‘SDLT’) is calculated. We explain the different types of scenario below. First-time buyers Those who have not owned property before are entitled to apply for first-time buyer relief. This means that…