Landlords' remedies for dilapidations

Most commercial landlords and tenants face dilapidations issues. Here, we take a look at what dilapidations are, and the remedies available to landlords. First things first, what are dilapidations? Dilapidations refers to disrepair covered by repairing covenants in a lease. It usually covers…


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…


Conveyancing Fraud 'A Canker on Society'

Our case before the Supreme Court Levi Solicitors LLP has obtained the permission of the Supreme Court to appeal against an order of the Court of Appeal dated 13 September 2018. Hearings in the Supreme Court in civil cases are relatively rare. Last year 85 appeals were heard.  Only cases of the…


Disputes between neighbours

It’s an unfortunate reality when you own or rent property, disputes between neighbours can often arise. Wherever possible it is best to try and resolve a dispute before ending up in court. Reasons for disputes We are seeing an increase in clients contacting us about property disputes between…


Property alterations without consent

As a property owner, there will be times when you want to carry out alterations to your property. You will usually be free to do more minor works as you see fit. However, for more major alterations you will need to seek permission from various sources. We will look at who might need to give you…


Dilapidations considerations for commercial landlords

As tenancies draw to an end, it is rare that a property will be in the same physical state that it was in before the tenant moved in.  In such situations, the landlord will usually be entitled to ask the tenant to reinstate the property before it is handed back. This article sets out what landlords…


Will the court allow a change of expert before trial?

Expert evidence is used in many disputes (from personal injury to commercial disputes, property to professional negligence). Experts are there to give their opinion to the parties, and to assist the court when the case involves matters on which it does not have the right technical or specialist…


Case update: Did the landlord unreasonably withhold consent?

One of our previous articles explored whether a landlord was entitled to withhold consent for a tenant assigning or underletting a lease. Since this, case law has developed which may be a welcome decision for landlords. This article will explore a recent case that determines when a Landlord can…


Litigants in Person – No Special Treatment

The withdrawal of legal aid for most areas of civil law, combined with tightening of the rules concerning no win no fee agreements has caused a perfect storm curtailing access to justice. Litigation is an expensive process and many people simply cannot afford to instruct solicitors without some…