housing possession mediation

Just launched: Housing Possession Mediation Pilot Scheme

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Government has paused possession claims going through the Courts, leading to a big backlog of claims. This has left some landlords with tenants in increasing arrears; and conversely some tenants struggling to make their monthly rent, whose landlords are not…


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Eviction ban exemption for tenants with substantial arrears

*Updated 15 February 2021* With England still in lockdown for the next few weeks at least, the Government announced that the ban on evictions of residential tenants would be extended until 31 March 2021. Of course, the Government will want to protect tenants struggling financially as a result of…


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Major works: dispensation from s20 consultation

If the owner of a block of flats (we’ll call them the landlord) wants to carry out ‘major works’, they have to first consult the owners of the flats (the leaseholders). This process can take months, so what happens when urgent major works need to be carried out? For example, works to…


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Why use a solicitor?

On 14 October, we joined the Law Society on Twitter to discuss the benefits and value that clients can receive from instructing a solicitor, rather than choosing to deal with the issue on their own. If you were not able to follow the chat, here is how Gemma Horner answered the questions. 1. What…


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Neighbour disputes: Our top tips

With everyone spending more time at home this year, we have seen an increase in enquiries from people who are having issues with their neighbours. In particular, we have seen an increase in boundary disputes, right of way issues, nuisance claims and harassment claims. We ask Ed Smith, a Partner in…


evictions

Evictions during the Coronavirus pandemic: Our tips for landlords

The law surrounding possession claims and evictions has changed several times over this difficult period. The Government introduced various measures to give some respite to tenants who may be struggling financially as a result of the Coronavirus period. In March, the Government asked that landlords…


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Congratulations to our newest Partner, Ed Smith

We are delighted to announce the promotion of litigation solicitor, Ed Smith, to Partner. Ed joined Levi Solicitors as a trainee solicitor in 2014 and qualified into the Dispute Resolution team in 2015. He is based in the firm’s Leeds office and specialises in licensing work, property disputes and…


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Emergency Coronavirus measures for landlords and tenants

9th June 2020: We write with a further update to the situation concerning housing cases and the ongoing COVID19 pandemic The government has now extended its ban on evictions for residential tenants for a further two months, which takes the ban into late August 2020. If you require advice on dealing…


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…