So, do you come here often?

The DCLG has just published new guidance (available here) on promoting mutual exchange. This is, we are told, an under-used process which can bring happiness and joy to landlords and tenants. For the latter, it is a more realistic option for securing a move than waiting for a transfer and can also help tenants be […]

The Lord Giveth, and the Lord Justice taketh away

Morshead Mansions Ltd v Di Marco [2014] EWCA Civ 96 marks the tragic demise of a clever and useful remedy fashioned by Mann J in the High Court case of the same name (our note here). In brief, ss.21, 22, Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 entitle leaseholders to summaries of costs in respect of their […]

Three to whet your appetite

The higher courts and tribunals have all been having a busy leasehold-related start to the year. None of these are hugely important, hence doing a short collective note on them. The really important cases will come later this year (Phillips v Francis; Di Marco v Morshead Mansions (No.2)) Sussex Villas v Wan [2014] UKUT 29 […]

Costs in the LVT

The case of Christoforou and others v Standard Apartments Ltd [2013] UKUT 586 (LC) is now rather less important than it would have been, say, 3 years ago, but is still worthy of note. Mr Christoforou was the leaseholder of a flat in a building of which the freehold was owned by Standard Apartments. In […]

Putting it off

Before I come to the facts of Scriven and others v Calthorpe Estates [2013] UKUT 469 (LC), I need, I think, to give a fair bit of background. Even by the comprehensive standards of NL, this is pretty obscure. Estate Management Schemes Estate management schemes are, as Francis has previously explained, a (relatively rare) kind […]

Late to the party

MacGregor v B M Samuels Finance Group Ltd [2013] UKUT 471 (LC) was, I’m afraid, handed down over two months ago. Such is the state of the NL backlog that I’m only getting to it now. Sorry about that. As those of you who could not wait must have already realised, there has already been […]

A sign of things to come?

In the December edition of Legal Action, I noticed a decision from November 2012 (yes, 2012), called Miah v McGrogan [2012] EWCA Civ 1685 (Casetrack only). Mr Miah seems to have been the landlord of a house which had been let to a number of students. They complained about the condition of the property and, […]

Nowhere to go and nothing to do with my time

There are two things in life I really, really enjoy. The first is listening to Queen/Freddie Mercury. The second is leasehold property disputes. I am doing the first whilst writing about the second. The case of Burchell v Raj Properties Ltd [2013] UKUT 433 (LC) is a notty little case. Mr Burchell was the leaseholder […]

Meanwhile, back in Parliament

There was a short (and not particularly well-informed) debate in Westminster Hall yesterday about leasehold property management. Quite amusingly, Nick Boles MP (Under-Secretary of State at CLG) had this to say about the Right to Manage: Nick Boles:… I want briefly to address the right-to-manage legislation. I must admit that this is the first time […]

Wrong to RTB

I see that the Master of the Rolls has just issued a practice direction in respect of (what appears to be) many tens (if not hundreds?) of negligence claims arising out of RTB sales (see here). Reading between the lines, a firm called Tandem Law (see here) appear to have brought lots of claims for […]