Freeholders behaving badly and FTT managers

Queensbridge Investments Limited v Lodge & Ors [2015] UKUT 635 (LC) There was quite a simple question at issue in this Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) appeal – could the FTT appoint a manager to the whole of a building which contained a leased commercial unit as well as three leased residential units? But it is […]

Leasehold disputes and costs

Leasehold disputes, like any litigation, are capable of generating significant legal and other professional costs. The position is generally better for freeholders/third party managers than it is for leaseholders in that a well-drafted lease will usually give the landlord/manager a right to recover legal costs, often through a variety of different forms of covenant. These clauses […]

I saw a mouse. Where?…

A semi-guest note on a pest infestation nuisance county court case involving leaseholders. Interesting on both liability and quantum. Ojo & Ojo v London Borough of Hackney. County Court at Clerkenwell & Shoreditch 4 November 2015 The Claimants were secure tenants of the Defendant from 1983 and became leaseholders in 1995. They lived in a […]

Wales – it’s just more appealing

Clarise Properties Ltd v Rees [2015] EWCA Civ 1118 (Lawtel/Westlaw only from what I can see) is an interesting* permission to appeal decision. It appears that devolution has caused an odd little difference in the test for permission to appeal from the UT(LC) depending on whether the case started in England or Wales. Imagine, if […]

Do Right To Manage Baby (Do Unto Others)

Triplerose Ltd v Ninety Broomfield Road RTM Co Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 282 This is a rare treat for our RTM fan (he knows who he is) – a decision of the Court of Appeal on the right to manage provisions in Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. I must confess that the decision is […]

‘It did seem to be expensive’

Gateway (Leeds) Management Ltd v (1) Naghash (2) Shamsizadeh [2015] UKUT 333 (LC) If a head leaseholder, or managing company passes on as a service charge, rent charged by a freeholder for property in order to provide services, does this amount to a variable service charge for the purposes of s.18 Landlord and Tenant Act […]

Service charges, costs and the FTT(PC)

Service charge disputes in the FTT(PC)/LVT are generally regarded as a “no” or “low” costs proceedings. The Tribunals have very limited powers to award costs. In general terms, the FTT(PC) can award unlimited sums in respect of either wasted costs or unreasonable behaviour (r.13, FTT(PC) rules), whilst the LVT (as it remains in Wales) can […]

What a relief!

Although it is a commercial property case, Freifeld v West Kensington Court Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 806, is of interest and relevance to residential landlord and tenant law as well, as the Court of Appeal grapple with the approach to be taken to granting relief from forfeiture in the case of intentional breaches of covenant, […]

Co-ops again …

Often, I will read a judgment with which I disagree; but it is rare that I read one that I think is just plainly wrong.  The judgment of Hildyard J in  Southward Housing Co-Operative Ltd v Walker and Hay [2015] EWHC 1615 (Ch) falls in to the latter category, made all the more odd that it took […]

Dear Occupier

For reasons that will become clear in this post, rentcharges are a bit of a legal oddity. It has been a new realm for me, but I was intrigued by this case, and wiser members of the NL collective have held my hand as I headed down this particular rabbit hole. As a result, this […]