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…


I have fallen out with my neighbour what should I do?

Home owners and renting tenants will not (for obvious reasons) move into properties with the intention of causing trouble or conflict with their new neighbours.  However unfortunately disputes between neighbours can happen. Issues can include: Boundary disputes; Access issues (e.g. rights of way…


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…


Landlords, tenants and applications for planning permission

Given the fluid nature of modern businesses, there will be times when a tenant wishes to apply for planning permission. This could be for structural modifications or for a ‘change of use’ to a residential or commercial property. Tenants will need to seek consent from the landlord before…


Evicting tenants - Following the correct procedure and issuing notices

The landlord and tenant relationship like any other, is built on trust. The landlord relies on the tenant to look after and respect their property. In turn, the tenant expects the landlord to stick to the terms of the tenancy. However, landlords sometimes experience problems with their tenants that…


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…


Challenging a will part 2: Proprietary estoppel

Following on from my recent article concerning ways of challenging a will, this article will focus on making a claim in proprietary estoppel. This is a different way for a disgruntled beneficiary to challenge a will or estate. Many proprietary estoppel cases relate to family disputes over farms,…


My nuisance neighbours are tenants, can I bring a claim against their landlord?

As a property owner, it can be frustrating when nuisance neighbours move into a neighbouring property. Unfortunately, we find that many people who contact us about nuisance neighbours are complaining about short term tenants rather than property owners. Of course, the majority of tenants are…


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…