fit for human habitation

Are your rental properties fit for human habitation?

In 2019, the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) introduced new obligations on residential landlords in relation to the condition of their rental properties. This only applied to new tenancies created after 20 March 2019. However, as of 20 March 2020, this now extends to all…


ban on evictions

Government announces temporary ban on evictions

The current Coronavirus pandemic is having wide-reaching effects on our day to day lives. With many businesses making redundancies or closing down (permanently or temporarily), people are understandably concerned about how they will make their rent payments. Yesterday (18 March 2020), the…


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Private nuisance and overlooking neighbours

You may have read recently about the owners of apartments overlooking the Tate Modern bringing a claim against the gallery. The flat owners argued that the gallery’s viewing platform breached their rights to privacy, and also constituted a nuisance. The Court of Appeal has published its decision…


tree disputes

Tree disputes: getting to the root of the problem

Trees. They can look beautiful, really add to your garden and surrounding area, and have untold benefits for nature and the environment. So how do they cause so many disputes? I am regularly contacted by people who have difficult disputes with their neighbours that are caused by trees on someone’s…


airbnb

Short-term lets and AirBnB

It is becoming increasingly common for owners and occupants of flats in city centres to try to maximise the financial use of those flats by letting them out to short term guests via websites such as AirBnB. The money that can be made, coupled with the protections provided by AirBnB, are often…


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I have found a problem in my new house, what can I do?

Moving home is an exciting time in everybody’s lives. Our conveyancing department regularly receive calls from their clients following completion of purchases thanking them for guiding them through what can often be quite a stressful time in their lives. Unfortunately, house stress does not always…


section 21 notice

Abolition of the section 21 notice and “no fault” evictions?

*Article first published in Leeds City Dweller Magazine – October 2019* Landlords of residential property usually let their properties out on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). These are short, fixed term tenancies which can be ended by the landlord serving a section 21 notice. Earlier this…


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Signed, sealed, delivered? Email signatures and contracts

You may think that whether a document is signed or not would be obvious. However the High Court has recently looked at exactly this. Is an email with an automatic email signature, signed? What is a signature? The traditional definition of the word ‘signature’ is “your name written by yourself,…


legal advice

The value of going to a solicitor for legal advice - Q & A

We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter last week, answering questions about the value of seeking legal advice from a solicitor. Our new addition to our Dispute Resolution team, Gemma Horner, was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers…


limitation

Limitation periods: how long do I have to bring a claim?

Limitation is the specified period during which you can make a claim against the defendant. This is done by issuing a claim form and supporting documents at Court, together with the required fee. How long is the limitation period? The limitation period for your claim will depend on the type of…