Separating from a partner you live with

Separating from a partner you live with

Separating from a partner you live with The law surrounding cohabitating partners is a minefield and the unfortunate reality is that when such relationships break down, disputes can arise. If you are married, in a civil partnership or have children under the age of 18...
Residential Landlord Rights/Responsibility Update November 2023

Residential Landlord Rights/Responsibility Update November 2023

Residential Landlord Rights/Responsibility Update November 2023 There had been a lot of media speculation in recent months regarding the intention of Parliament to remove a Landlord’s right to end an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), and thus recover possession of...
Do you have a Construction Contract?

Do you have a Construction Contract?

Do you have a Construction Contract? The introduction of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (‘Construction Act’) brought about fundamental change in the construction industry and was aimed at addressing unfair payment practices, which was...
Right to Manage for Shared Ownership Flats

Right to Manage for Shared Ownership Flats

Right to Manage for Shared Ownership Flats There has been some confusion as to whether leasehold “tenant owners” of flats who are acquiring a full interest via the shared ownership route are entitled to use the Right to Manage legislation. That has now been resolved...
Is the end now nigh for No Fault evictions?

Is the end now nigh for No Fault evictions?

Is the end now nigh for No Fault evictions? For more than 30 years, landlords have relied on section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and the accelerated possession procedure to end tenancy agreements after their initial fixed period, simply because those tenancies’ terms...
What is Adverse Possession?

What is Adverse Possession?

Adverse possession is a legal principle by which an individual who is not the legal owner of land can become the legal owner by being in possession of the land for the requisite period of time. Adverse possession is often referred to as “squatters rights”, and the...
A Perennial Problem – hiding the presence of Japanese Knotweed

A Perennial Problem – hiding the presence of Japanese Knotweed

A Perennial Problem – hiding the presence of Japanese Knotweed Japanese knotweed was brought to the UK by Victorian Britons as both an ornamental plant and cattle feed. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be an invasive species with no natural UK enemies....
Adverse Possession

Adverse Possession

Adverse Possession Adverse possession is a legal principle by which an individual who is not the legal owner of land can become the legal owner by being in possession of the land for the requisite period of time. Adverse possession is often referred to as “squatters...
Increasing the use of mediation in the civil justice system

Increasing the use of mediation in the civil justice system

Increasing the use of mediation in the civil justice system Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (i.e., the mediator) assists parties to a dispute to narrow and / or resolve the issues at hand. The mediator will not make...
Property – what do base rate rises mean for homeowners?

Property – what do base rate rises mean for homeowners?

Property – what do base rate rises mean for homeowners? Over recent months the Bank of England’s interest rate has been increasing. In May, the government announced that the Bank of England’s base interest rate would rise from 0.5% to 1% and then on 19 June they...