Game of forfeits

Golding v Martin (2019) EWCA Civ 446 It seems to be a bit of a thing, buying a leasehold flat, then leaving it unoccupied, moving abroad and forgetting about rent and service charges. Semi-fortunately for the leaseholder in this second appeal, the outcome was different to this previous example of doing that, but still the […]

Of new tenancy terms and unfortunate neologisms

It has been almost four years since Karen Buck MP, Justin Bates and I first conceived of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill (version 1), and it has been quite the rollercoaster since then. Now, as of today, 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, (version 2, or 4, depending […]

Alterations, disability and equality

Smailes & Poyner-Smailes v Clewer Court Residents Ltd, Cardiff County Court 30 January 2019 (Unreported but copy of judgment is here). Although only a County Court (Circuit Judge) decision, this is an interesting and potentially significant case on the application of Equality Act 2010 to leasehold covenants. Mr Smailes and Ms Poyner-Smailes bought a two […]

Do not put aside the set aside, or delay 6 months to seek relief

Gibbs v Lakeside Developments Ltd (2018) EWCA Civ 2874 Oh dear… Behind the key point in this case lies a history of unfortunate things. But what fell to be decided by the court of appeal is whether, in a leasehold forfeiture case, the lessee could succeed in a claim for unjust enrichment without setting aside the possession […]

Hiatus brief updates (and job ad)

Quick couple of cases to note (no analysis), a bit of news and a job ad. Two linked appeals on out of borough/out of London Homelessness review decisions – Alibkhiet v London Borough of Brent v City of Westminster  (2018) EWCA Civ 2742 Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on costs under a ‘contemplation of a s.146 notice’ […]

Of HHSRS and Hiatuses

A couple of things… MHCLG have issued an “Addendum for the profile for the hazard of fire and in relation to cladding systems on high rise residential buildings” to the operating guidance to the HHSRS in relation to ACM cladding. The aim is: to provide guidance on the assessment of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe […]

Residential Purposes

Snarecroft Ltd v Quantum Securities Ltd (2018) EWHC 2071 (Ch) This is a High Court decision from February, but it has just appeared on Bailii. The issue was the construction of a lease term which provided that the tenant must “Following the obtaining of planning consent for residential use, not to use the premises or any […]

Service charge claims – paying trial fees and concurrent jurisdiction

Hyslop v 38/41 CHG Residents Company Ltd QBD 05/11/2018 (not on Bailii. Lawtel note of extempore judgment) CHG were the freeholder of a property with various leasehold flats. The FTT had determined that Ms Hyslop and other leaseholders owed CHG certain service charges. H applied to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal out of […]

A way to deal with delinquent lessors?

A not infrequent problem for leaseholders is a landlord who takes a lackadaisical approach to enforcing leasehold covenants, or worse yet allows or waives breaches of covenants by certain leaseholders. It is a very rare lease that will allow direct enforcement of covenants by leaseholders against other leaseholders, so those suffering from the activities of […]