Now Is A Great Time To Invest In Leicester

Leicester’s economy shrunk by 12.2% in 2020 and has recently seen the likes of high street giant Debenhams close its doors – leaving people questioning whether the city can ever...


Incorporating Pandemic Clauses Within Commercial Lease Renewals

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been several measures introduced by the Government to provide support to commercial tenants. One related area of interest for landlords and tenants...


Court Rules That Landlord Was Not Required To Provide An EPC For A Pre-2015 Tenancy

In a judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Minister v Hathaway [2021] EWCA Civ 936, it was ruled that the Landlords of an assured...


Neighbour Dispute Results In Conifer Tree Being Cut In Half

Last week, it was reported that a tree – which covered two areas of private land – had been cleaved in half in a residential part of South Yorkshire following...


Rise In Homeowners Considering Suing Surveyors

As a result of the UK housing boom, more homeowners are considering suing the surveyors they used when purchasing their homes. Professional negligence claims are on the rise due to...


Leasehold Reform – Homeowners ‘Could Still’ Sue For Damages

Despite Persimmon and Aviva agreeing to change the way they operate in regard to leaseholds and ground rent charges this week, homeowners could still be entitled to compensation. Following an...


How Covid-19 Has Changed The World For Retail Landlords

Around 40 years ago, if a retailer wanted to occupy premises in a primary location, it probably had to sign an ‘institutionally accepted 25-year lease with five-yearly upward-only rent reviews’...


The Pitfalls Of Renewable Energy

More and more people are converting to renewable energy to heat their homes in an attempt to save the planet but also to reduce the money spent on energy bills. Whilst...


Ground Rent Charges For New Leasehold Properties To Be Banned Under New Bill

On 13th May, the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill was published, following its inclusion in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. What is the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill? The Bill...


Government Announces Temporary Changes To Notice Periods & The End To The Current Ban On Bailiff-Enforced Evictions

On 12th May, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published a press release which has confirmed that: That there will be four-month notice periods for most tenants of...


Be Careful About Giving A Landlord A Right To ‘Break’ A Lease – He Might Do So!

The recent case Wigan BC v Scullindale Global Ltd [2021] EWHC 779 (Ch) illustrates the importance of taking care when giving a landlord a right to ‘break’ a lease and...


Diverting A Footpath Under The Highways Act 1980

In the recent case of The Open Spaces Society v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Court of Appeal considered the legitimacy of a footpath diversion...