Shaken but not successful – the problems of nuisance

Dr Amanda Lindsay v Berkley Homes (Capital) PLC (2018) QBD (TCC) 13/07/2018 (Extempore judgment reported on Lawtel) Dr Lindsay owned a leasehold flat. She had brought a claim (in person) arising out of works to demolish a concrete basement to the building carried out as part of a development. Berkley Homes were the name Defendant […]

Whose jurisdiction is it anyway?

Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC) As many readers will of this blog will be aware we have a number of different courts and tribunals involved in residential property. In some cases, notably leasehold service charges, there is sometimes a need to engage with two of these entities (namely the County […]

‘How to rent’ updated (and other non statutory guides)

A new ‘How to Rent’ Booklet was released today (26 June 2018) by MHCLG. This version must be provided to the tenant by the landlord (not just a link) for all new assured shorthold tenancies and replacement ASTs (including statutory periodic tenancies) that arise from now on. At least until the next version. A copy […]

Bits – tenant fees, airbnb and more

The Tenant Fees Bill is now underway. The first reading was on 2 May 2018. The Bill page is here. The Govt response to the CLG select committee report on the proposals is here. Notable in the the Bill is a proposed ban on serving a s.21 notice while an unlawful fee has been taken […]

The costs of dangerous cladding – leaseholders position

First Tier Tribunal LON/00AH/LSC/2017/0435 – Firstport Property Services Ltd v various leaseholders of Citiscape We previously saw the Salford decision on the costs of a ‘waking watch’ in a tower with ‘Grenfell’ style cladding, but this was the first, keenly awaited, decision on the liability of leaseholders of an affected building (here in Croydon) to […]

There can be only one!

The MHCLG have announced a consultation ‘Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market’, which primarily about reviewing and reforming Ombudsman schemes in the housing sector, with the proposal floated for a single Ombudsman/redress scheme across the whole housing sector – social and private landlord, letting agents, tenants and buyers of new build properties. Even, it […]

Fire Safety – Who Pays?

Since the extent of the issues with the cladding to blocks of flats became clear after Grenfell, and it became clear that private blocks as well as social were affected, we have been waiting for the beginning of the legal fall out over who was to pay for rectifying the problems. For leaseholders in those […]

An air of unreality

Whilst winding my way home this evening, I chanced across a piece from Inside Housing in which is was reported that the Secretary of State, (Sajid Javid) had suggested that private freeholders should pick up the costs associated with fire-safety works and not recharge them to leaseholders. More remarkably, he is reported as saying that […]

Premature forfeiture

A couple of quick notes on forfeiture of leases. Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce (2017) UKUT 377 (TCC) Forfeiture for ground rent arrears was not valid because: a) The wrong notice under s.166 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 had been served. The notice was statutorily prescribed and the use of an older, pre-2011 version was not acceptable. […]