Three of a kind beats two of a pair

Arnold v Britton [2012] EWHC 2451(Ch) is the third holiday chalet / service charge case we've covered in short order (the other two are here and here). Coincidence or evidence of a growth area of work I wonder? Anyway, back to the case. The issue was whether or not the lease provided for the payment […]

I’m not talking to you

Following on from the news that LEASE (the Leasehold Advisory Service - a quango) had not been granted funding to continue to advise the public on commonhold issues (see our note, here), comes the news that it is to stop offering mediation services in service charge disputes (again, one presumes, for lack of funding). The […]

Alas poor Commonhold…

Commonhold was introduced by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 and, in essence, is a new way (i.e. not freehold or leasehold) for flat owners to collectively hold the building containing their flats. It's not proved very popular, with only c.20 developments across England and Wales. By s.62, CLRA 2002, the government is empowered […]

Co-ops, equity and void leases

Berrisford v Mexfield Housing Co-Operative Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 811 We reported on the High Court appeal in this case here. By the time it reached the Court of Appeal it had turned into quite a different case altogether. At the High Court, Ms Berrisford was unrepresented and summary judgment was given against her on […]